James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of Oxford school shooter, sentenced

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By journalsofus.com

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the Oxford High School shooter, face sentencing in Michigan on Tuesday after emotional back-to-back trials. at the beginning of this year ended with his convictions for four counts each of involuntary manslaughter.

The Crumbleys could face up to 15 years in prison on each count, although prosecutors requested that each serve a total of 10 to 15 years; In letters to the court, victims have largely asked for the maximum sentence. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald wrote in a sentencing memorandum that the Crumbleys’ gross negligence was the cause of the Nov. 30, 2021, school shooting, which “changed an entire community forever.”

Days after the school killings in Oxford, Michigan, McDonald made the unprecedented decision to criminally charge parents over a mass school shooting committed by their son. Ethan Crumbley is serving life without parole for murder Hana Santa Juliana, 14; Tate Myre, 16 years old; Madisyn Baldwin, 17 years old; and Justin Shilling, 17and injured seven other people.

McDonald described the requested sentence as deserved and criticized James Crumbley, 47, and his wife, Jennifer Crumbley, 45, in separate sentencing memos, describing them as not only negligent but also remorseless.

The sentencing memos also revealed unusual requests and new information that was referenced in court outside the jury during James Crumbley’s trial.

Shannon Smith, Jennifer Crumbley’s attorney, requested that her client be sentenced to home confinement under electronic monitoring, where she would live in Smith’s guest house. McDonald wrote that such a sentence would be a “slap in the face to the severity of the tragedy.”

But it was James Crumbley who McDonald described as particularly egregious when he revealed details of “electronic threats” he made from jail that caused him to lose most of his jailhouse communication privileges midway through his trial in March.

“The defendant’s jail calls demonstrated that he blamed everyone but himself for what happened and that he repeatedly referred to himself as a ‘martyr,’” McDonald wrote. She revealed that in calls made throughout 2022 and 2023, James Crumbley referred to McDonald as “that stupid fucking whore” while he addressed McDonald by her name and said he hoped she was listening.

“There will be retaliation, believe me,” James Crumbley said in a message from jail in December 2023. In a phone call a month later, he said he was “uproar” and said McDonald “better be afraid.”

“His jail calls show a complete lack of remorse, he blames everyone but himself, and he threatened the elected prosecutor,” McDonald wrote.

Lawyers for the Crumbleys attempted to paint a different picture of their clients and said prosecutors have relied on public outrage over the shooting.

Jennifer Crumbley was “doomed no matter what she did or didn’t do,” Smith wrote. She noted that during her client’s trial, prosecutors objected to Crumbley becoming emotional as a silent video of the shooting played in court, but in her arguments they described her as a cold and uncaring mother.

Both defendants have been in prison for 27 months and spend nearly an hour a day in their cell, their lawyers said.

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