Parents Of Michigan School Gunman Sentenced To 10-15 Years Each For Manslaughter

by Tommy Grant

Jennifer and James Crumbley, parents of the Oxford High School shooter, Ethan Crumbley, received sentences of 10 to 15 years each for four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Their sentencing followed separate trials, where their actions and inactions were scrutinized for contributing to the tragedy. Judge Cheryl Matthews emphasized that the convictions were not for poor parenting but for their repeated failures to act on warning signs. She highlighted the need for sentences that are just and proportionate to the gravity of their negligence.

The Crumbleys have been in jail for 858 days awaiting trial, which will be credited towards their sentence. They are also barred from contacting the victims’ families. During their statements in court, Jennifer Crumbley expressed regret over her previous stance where she stated that she would not have done anything differently, while James Crumbley, tearfully seeking a fair sentence, maintained his ignorance of his son’s intentions.

This case is notable for holding parents accountable for their child’s actions in a shooting, the first of its kind, pushing for sentences beyond Michigan’s sentencing guidelines due to the severity of their negligence.

The prosecution and defense had differing views on the appropriate sentence length, with prosecutors emphasizing the need for a sentence that reflects the enormity of the tragedy and the defendants’ roles in it. James Crumbley also extended a personal apology to the families affected by the shooting, expressing his wish to have acted differently had he known his son’s plans.

The judge is considering imposing a no-contact order between the Crumbleys and their son, who will not be housed in the same facility.

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