Oxford High School Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

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The Oxford High School shooter received a life sentence without parole on Friday, more than two years after causing the death of four individuals and injuring seven others.

Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 at the time of the incident on Nov. 30, 2021, appeared for his sentencing hearing nearly three months after Judge Kwamé Rowe announced his eligibility for life imprisonment without parole.

In October 2022, he pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the tragic incident, which claimed the lives of students Justin Shilling, Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, and Hana St. Juliana. He faced 24 charges, including terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree premeditated murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Before sentencing, Crumbley took responsibility for his actions, acknowledging that he was solely to blame. It marked the first time he publicly spoke since the incident.

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Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard requested the immediate transfer of the shooter to prison, likely a maximum-security facility.

During the sentencing, families and victims shared their emotional statements. Madisyn’s mother, Nicole Beausoleil, spoke about her daughter’s intelligence and courage. Tate’s father, Buck Myre, discussed the permanent hole in their family. Justin’s father, Craig Shilling, emphasized the gravity of taking another person’s life. Hana’s family expressed their pain and asserted that forgiveness was not possible.

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Several other victims also shared their impact statements.

In addition to the shooter, his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, face involuntary manslaughter charges. They are accused of neglecting to get their son help, purchasing the gun, and not addressing concerns raised by school officials before the shooting.

Since the incident, the Oxford Community Schools district and its staff have faced lawsuits and demands for accountability. A third-party investigation found that the shooter’s threat was not identified due to the failure of individuals at Oxford High School to recognize his conduct and statements. The report also held the school district responsible for not providing a safe environment.

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