UNITED STATES: Ethan Crumbley, a Michigan teenager, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of murder and terrorism in connection with a mass shooting that occurred at a high school north of Detroit in November and left four of his classmates dead and several others injured.
With a semi-automatic weapon that his father allegedly bought for him as a Christmas present days before the shooting, Ethan Crumbley, 16, is charged with opening fire at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30, 2021. Six other pupils and a teacher were injured in Michigan massacre. In addition to injured ones, two males and two girls, both 17 and 16, also died.
A total of 24 charges, including one act of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder, were brought against Crumbley, who was 15 years old at the time of the shooting in Michigan. Crumbley entered a guilty plea in Oakland County Circuit Court.
Additional charges against him included 12 counts of having a firearm while committing a crime and seven counts of assault with the intent to kill. According to a statement released on Friday by Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor David Williams, there have been no plea bargains, sentence reductions, or sentencing agreements in this case.
In a court notification earlier this year, Crumbley’s attorneys announced that he would present an insanity defense.
Along with being accused with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting are Crumbley’s parents, James, and Jennifer Crumbley. Judge Julie Nicholson of the Rochester District Court said there was evidence to support their decision to buy a pistol for their son despite warning signs that he was a “troubled young man.”
It appears to be the first instance in American history when parents of a teen school shooter have been accused of crimes that were committed by their child. They have entered a not-guilty plea.
According to the prosecution, Ethan Crumbley went with his father, James Crumbley, to a gun store four days before the incident. James Crumbley purchased a 9mm handgun there.