Aaron Ybarra, 29, claimed God and Satan instructed him to open fire at the school in 2014 with a shotgun
Ybarra killed one student, wounded two others
A student Jon Meis, ambushed Ybarra with peper spray, secured gun and took the suicide weapon [knife] from shooter.
Meis held down killer until help arrived. He was honored in 2015 for acts of heroism
A jury found Ybarra guilty of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one account of assault for the attack at SPU that killed 19-year-old Paul Lee in Nov, 2016
In mitigation, Ybarra apologized for his crime ; I wish could “take back what I did, but I can’t”
Friday, judge Rogers sentenced him to 112-years caling him a coward
Labeling the convicted killer’s actions “a cowardly act,” a Seattle judge condemned the gunman responsible for the 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooting to 112 years in prison.
Judge Jim Rogers showed little mercy to Aaron Ybarra, 29, a man who claimed God and Satan instructed him to open fire at the school in 2014, killing 19-year-old SPU student, Paul Lee and wounding two others with a shotgun.
“Mr. Ybarra,” said Rogers, according to KING 5 News, “you got out of your truck and started. Last November, A jury found Ybarra guilty of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one account of assault for the attack at SPU.
In the sentencing hearing, Ybarra apologized for his crime and told Judge Jim Rogers that he wished he could “take back what I did, but I can’t.”
“Over the past two and half years I’ve realized I’ve damaged more than just innocent people. I’ve damaged a community. Maybe the world,” he said.
Thankfully, Ybarra’s would-be massacre was put to an end by student Jon Meis, who was caught on security footage leaping at the unhinged killer and dousing him with pepper spray.
Seattle student Jon Meis, disarmed 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooter, Aaron Ybarra, with pepper spray
Meis managed to then wrestle the weapon away from Ybarra, who appeared to try and resort to attempting suicide with a hunting knife only to have the campus hero grab him yet again as another man ran over to kick the weapon away from Ybarra.
Responders surveying the scene after. Meis disarmed Ybarra and sat on him till help arrived
Surveillance footage shows Jon Meis pepper-spraying shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra at Seattle Pacific University.
Prior to his November 2016 conviction, Ybarra pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, though the jury would apparently dismiss his attorney’s efforts to show his client suffered from mental illness.
Similarly, his aunt Audrey Garcia asked for clemency from Rogers, telling him at Friday’s sentencing hearing, “When someone has mental issues, please help them. Don’t let them get this far.”
Said Ybarra, “I hope I can get the help I need to stop the throbbing in my head.”