James and Jennifer Crumbley trials: Oxford school shooter’s parents to be sentenced on manslaughter charges

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James and Jennifer Crumbley were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan.


James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teenager who killed four students Those involved in the 2021 school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, will be sentenced to prison on Tuesday, weeks after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Each of them faces up to 15 years in prison. The two have already been imprisoned for more than two years since their arrest in a Detroit warehouse days after the shooting. Although the parents were tried separately, their sentencing will be handed down together in an Oakland County court.

In separate sentencing notes, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence each parent to 10 to 15 years in state prison, saying the parents showed a “chilling lack of remorse.” In particular, the prosecution pointed out James Crumbley made threats against prosecutor Karen McDonald in several jail calls. “There will be retaliation, believe me,” she said in one of them, according to the memo.

But lawyers for the parents have asked that their clients be sentenced to less than five years in prison each. In a sentencing memorandum dated April 5, Jennifer Crumbley’s defense attorney asked the judge to give his client credit for the 27 months she has served behind bars and allow her to be placed under house arrest “tied” in the defense attorney’s house. , where she can be supervised.

In that way, “Mrs. “Crumley could work remotely and begin to rebuild her life,” but she would not be in the community, the memo says. The memo notes that Jennifer Crumbley is “extremely distraught and remorseful” about the shooting and says a sentence of between 29 and 57 months would be “more proportionate” than what prosecutors are asking for.

In a separate April 5 memo, James Crumbley’s defense attorney said his client had “expressed significant remorse” and sadness for those affected by the murders, and asked the judge to sentence him to 28 months in prison with credit for time served, plus a maximum period of supervision, or 43 months in prison with credit for time served.

The defense also denied that James Crumbley threatened to physically harm the prosecutor, saying that “at worst he engaged in frustrated name-calling.”

Before sentencing, the victims and their families will have the opportunity to speak about the impact of the shooting.

The sentence represents the end of a dramatic saga that has crossed the limits of Who is responsible for a mass shooting?. Prosecutors used a new legal theory by accusing the parents of involuntary manslaughter even though they did not pull the trigger – the first time the parents of a school shooter have been charged with such serious crimes.

Ethan Crumbley, 15 years old at the time, brought a 9mm Sig Sauer firearm from his home and opened fire on Oxford High School on November 30, 2021, killing four students and injuring six others and a teacher.

His parents were arrested days later and charged with involuntary manslaughter for their role in the murders.

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From top left, clockwise: Hana St. Juliana, Justin Shilling, Madisyn Baldwin and Tate Myre were killed in the shooting.

In their trials, prosecutors used testimony from shooting survivors, police investigators and school employees to show that the parents were “grossly negligent” in allowing their teenage son access to the gun and ignoring signs of his mental health. spiral.

In particular, testimony showed that James purchased the firearm for his son on Black Friday, four days before the shooting. The next day, Jennifer took her son to the shooting range to practice shooting. “Mom and son day trying out her new Christmas gift,” she later wrote on social media. The parents failed to properly secure the firearm, as James Crumbley hid it in his bedroom but did not use any locking device, prosecutors argued.

Additionally, the trials centered on a pivotal meeting between school employees, Ethan and his parents on the morning of the shooting. Ethan had been called to the school office after he made disturbing writings on a math worksheetincluding the phrases “blood everywhere” and “my life is useless” and drawings of a gun and a bullet.

School employees recommended parents immediately remove him from class and give him mental health treatment, but they refused, saying they had work. The Crumbleys also did not mention the recent gun purchase to the school. Afterwards, Ethan was sent back to class. About two hours later, he pulled the gun out of his backpack and opened fire on the school.

Jennifer Crumbley took the stand at her trial and blamed her husband, the school and her son for the shooting, without expressing any remorse on her part. “I wondered if she would have done something differently and she wouldn’t have done it,” she testified.

By contrast, James Crumbley did not testify at his trial, and his lawyer argued that he simply did not know of his son’s plans or mental problems.

Still, Jennifer Crumbley was convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter in early February, and James Crumbley was convicted from the same count in March.

In pre-sentence investigation reports included in the prosecution’s sentencing memoranda, the parents continued to defend their actions.

“I have been wrongfully accused and now wrongfully convicted of involuntary manslaughter. My actions were those of any other father,” wrote James Crumbley. He also said he “had no knowledge of what (my son) was going to do, nor did he present ANY warning signs,” and defended his efforts to protect guns. “I followed the law and took gun safety to the point it needed to be.”

In her report, Jennifer Crumbley sought to clarify her testimony, saying she would not have done anything differently. “With the information I have now, of course, my answer would be very different. There are so many things I would change if she could go back in time,” she said. “I never imagined she would hurt other people the way she did.”

Defense attorneys for the parents have argued the charges They have no legal justification, but appeals courts do sustained them.

Ethan was sentenced last year to life sentence without parole after pleading guilty to terrorism causing death, four counts of murder and 19 other related charges. He He did not testify at his parents’ trialsas his attorneys said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right to silence.

CNN’s Celina Tebor contributed to this report.

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