Life sentence sought for teenager in Michigan school shooting – Boston News, Weather, Sports

DETROIT (AP) – Prosecutors said they will seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a 16-year-old boy who killed four classmates at a Michigan school and pleaded guilty to murder and terrorism.

They announced their plans in a court filing on Monday, three weeks after Ethan Crumbley, 16, withdrew a possible insanity defense and acknowledged the November 2021 Oxford High School shooting.

A first-degree murder conviction in Michigan usually carries an automatic sentence of life in prison. However, teenagers are entitled to a hearing where their attorney can address mental health and other issues and plead for a shorter term.

Crumbley pleaded guilty to all 24 counts. The sentencing process is scheduled to begin in February.

“Life in prison without the possibility of parole is appropriate in this case,” said Oakland County Assistant Attorney Marc Keast.

Crumbley was 15 at the time of the shooting at Oxford High, about 30 miles north of Detroit. Four students were killed and six other students and a teacher were injured.

His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are in prison for involuntary manslaughter. They are accused of giving their son access to the gun and ignoring his need for mental health treatment.

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