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Shooter's Parents Sentenced

The parents of the convicted Oxford High School shooter were both sentenced yesterday to 10 to 15 years in state prison for their roles in failing to prevent their son from opening fire at his Michigan school in November 2021, killing four and wounding seven others. It is the first such conviction of parents of a child who committed a mass shooting in the US. 

Jennifer and James Crumbley were each found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter in separate trials earlier this year. Prosecutors had argued the pair were grossly negligent of the dangers their son posed prior to the shooting, claiming signs of his mental instability and violent tendencies were clear, including during meetings the two parents had with school officials the day of the incident (see timeline). The then-15-year-old shooter used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun his father had bought him as a gift four days before.

The shooter pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December.

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