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A Michigan judge delivered a verdict on Friday that Ethan Crumbley, the shooter at Oxford High School responsible for the tragic 2021 school mass shooting, is eligible to spend the rest of his life in jail without parole. This comes after the incident where four of his fellow students lost their lives at the age of 15.
Crumbley now faces either a life sentence without parole or several years in prison, which should range from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 60 years. The sentencing date for Crumbley has been set for December 8th by Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe, who stated that he was “obsessed with violence” and had carefully planned the shooting, displaying signs of targeting older individuals.
According to Rowe, “The defendant remains enthusiastic about violence, and even during his time in jail, he was unable to curb his enthusiasm.” “If the accused continues to be deeply committed to violence while in jail, how can we consider the possibility of rehabilitation? He has shown a consistent pattern of violent behavior even before his incarceration.”
Rowe mentioned that they gave “little weight” to the argument that Crumbley’s brain had not fully matured, and there are other factors that need to be considered beyond the maturity of Crumbley’s brain before putting trust in his potential for rehabilitation.
Rowe said that only someone who genuinely wants to change should be considered for rehabilitation on behalf of the defendant. “There is no evidence that he wants to change,”
He had already pleaded guilty to charges related to the deaths of 16-year-old Tate Myre; Madison Baldwin, 17; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17, in the case of the fatal shooting incident that took place at Oxford High School.
The prosecution maintained that Crumbley had given up his right to parole for the mass shooting at Oxford High School before the sentence was handed down. They argued that he showed no emotion while engaging in violence, yet when he was shooting, he exhibited fervor for every aspect.