Ethan Crumbley pleads guilty to all charges in Oxford High School shooting
PONTIAC, Mich. (WNEM) - About 11 months after a deadly shooting at a Michigan high school, the teen who admitted to carrying out the shooting has pleaded guilty in the case.
Ethan Crumbley appeared in an Oakland County courtroom on Monday and admitted to the killing.
During the hearing, Crumbley’s legal counsel withdrew the notice of defense of insanity they filed with the court in January. Crumbley then pleaded guilty to all 24 counts against him 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 with a commission of a felony.
The 16-year-old admitted to killing four students and injuring six other students and a teacher last November at Oxford High School.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald spoke after the proceeding.
“This is an important day for our community, the survivors, and especially those who lost children they loved,” McDonald said.
McDonald said there were no plea negotiations, no plea offers, no reductions, and no sentencing agreements.
“The pleas were also important because it guarantees that every person who was in Oxford High School on that day will have a chance, if they want to, to speak in their own words about how this has affected them,” McDonald said.
Crumbley is due back in court in February for a Miller hearing. At that hearing, the judge will hear evidence about the crimes that took place along with Crumbley’s background. After that, the judge will decide if life without parole is appropriate for Crumbley.
“I hope he gets life without parole. He has permanently taken lives away from four lovely souls and has permanently affected many, many more,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.
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