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Mother of school shooting suspect guilty of manslaughter

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Jennifer Crumbley was tried for neglect of duty legal to control your child who was 15 years old at the time of the facts.

Agence France-Presse

The mother of&#x27 ;an American teenager sentenced to life in prison for killing four students at his high school in 2021 with a weapon given to him by his parents was found guilty on Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter.

The 12 jurors, who began their deliberations Monday morning at the court in Pontiac, Michigan (northern United States), delivered their verdict early Tuesday. ;#x27;afternoon. Sentencing for Jennifer Crumbley, 45, mother of Ethan Crumbley, has been set for April 9.

The father, James Crumbley, 47, is scheduled to be tried separately in March.

Parents face charges of involuntary manslaughter resulting from a failure in their legal duty to control the actions of their child, aged 15 at the time of the incident. They face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald contends that Jennifer Crumbley and her husband were grossly negligent and could have prevented the four deaths if they had acted were concerned about their son's mental health.

Ms. Crumbley failed in her basic duty of care, alleged Friday on the last day of hearing, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald considered that an initiative on her part could have avoided the killing.

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She could have searched her backpack, she could have asked her son where the gun was. She could have locked up the ammo, she could have blocked the gun

A quote from Karen McDonald, Oakland County Prosecutor

But defense lawyer Shannon Smith cited the unpredictability of the tragedy.

Can all parents be responsible for everything their children do?, argued the lawyer, worrying about a very dangerous procedure for the whole parents and one of the first of its kind.

Jennifer Crumbley testified last week that her husband had brought back the Sig Sauer 9 mm caliber pistol a few days before the killings as an early Christmas present and that she had taken her son to a shooting range the next day.

As a parent, you spend your life protecting your child from hazard. You never imagine having to stop him from hurting anyone else.

A quote from Jennifer Crumbley, mother of ;#x27;author of the killing

Despite a summons from the parents to the school on the day of tragedy, the teachers having discovered an alarming drawing in place of Ethan Crumbley and advising him to be followed psychologically, they left without bringing him home.

Ethan Crumbley was tried as an adult and sentenced in December to life without parole in an Oakland County court.

The teenager pleaded guilty in October 2022 to bringing the gun with 50 bullets in it to his school his backpack and shooting at the students.

He had killed two girls and two boys aged 14 to 17, and injured six other students and a teacher.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116