School shooter’s mother convicted in landmark case

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The mother of a school shooter who killed four students at a school in Michigan has been convicted in a landmark case.

Jennifer Crumbley was found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter and faces 15 years in prison for each charge.

Her son Ethan was 15 when he opened fire at Oxford High School, killing 14-year-old Hana St Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.

Jennifer and James Crumbley in court. File pic
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Jennifer and James Crumbley in court. File pic

The case against Jennifer Crumbley was brought by prosecutors who said she had a duty to prevent her son from harming others.

She was also accused of failing to secure a gun and ammunition at her home and failing to get help for her son’s mental health.

Ethan Crumbley had brought a gun to school on 30 November 2021, though no one checked his rucksack.

He killed four students and injured seven more people before surrendering to police.

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His parents were charged a few days later, after police found them, they said, “hiding in a building in Detroit”.

Ethan Crumbley
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Ethan Crumbley

In December last year, Ethan Crumbley was jailed for life without parole after pleading guilty to murder, terrorism and other charges.

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At his sentencing, he told a judge that he was a “really bad person” who could not stop himself.

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