James Crumbley Allegedly Threatened Prosecutor in Jail Call with Family Member

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By journalsofus.com


James Crumbley, the father of the teenager who shot and killed four students at a Michigan high school in 2021, allegedly threatened Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald in a jailhouse call with a family member, saying that the prosecutor would soon go to hell, that she had better be afraid. And it was over, she told CNN, a source close to the prosecution and a source familiar with the matter.

The details were first reported by the Detroit Free Press.

The alleged threats came to light during The Crumley manslaughter trial when prosecutors asked that their communications be limited. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that Crumbley was caught making threatening statements over the phone and in electronic messages while he was in custody. before the start of the trial.

During Crumbley’s trial, his defense attorney, Mariell Lehman, objected to prosecutors raising the allegations in open court after jurors had left for the day. She eventually reached a deal with prosecutors that Crumbley’s communications in jail would only be restricted until her verdict was reached.

Lehman told NBC News on Monday that there was a “disagreement about what was said and the nature of those things,” although he declined to expand on his characterization of Crumbley’s conversations.

CNN has reached out to Crumbley’s defense attorney and the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for comment.

James Crumbley was convicted on four counts of involuntary manslaughter last week for his role in the mass shooting of his son in Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30, 2021. His wife, Jennifer, was convicted of the same charges last month. They face up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced next month.

They are the first parents convicted of involuntary manslaughter for a school shooting carried out by their son.

In each trial, prosecutors used testimony from many of the shooting survivors themselves, police investigators and school employees to show that each parent was “grossly negligent” in allowing their teenage son, Ethan, to have a gun and ignoring the signs of your mental health spiraling. .

In particular, prosecutors presented evidence showing that James Crumbley purchased a SIG Sauer 9mm pistol for his son days before the attack and failed to properly secure it.

James Crumbley did not testify at his trial. His defense argued there was insufficient evidence to prove he knew his son was a danger and he said the prosecution’s case was based on “assumptions and hindsight.”

Jennifer Crumbley’s defense was notable for her own testimony in which she blamed the school, her husband, and her son, and expressed no regret for her actions. “I wondered if she would have done something differently and she wouldn’t have done it,” she said.

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 any of his parents’ trials.

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