Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley who pled guilty appeared in court on Thursday
Ethan Crumbley before his rampage drew disturbing image in journal of girl with gun to her head, and wrote that his first victim needed to be ‘pretty’ and ‘suffer just like me’
Thirteen people were shot at Oxford High School, four students aged 14 to 17, died
Ethan Crumbley, then 15, is charged as an adult after his murderous shooting rampage in 2021
Police removed armfuls of weapons from his home and recovered further evidence that prompted prosecutors to accuse him of ‘premeditated’ killings
In October he withdrew his insanity defense and pled guilty to 24 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and terrorism
At his pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday, the court was presented with his chilling diary and evidence photos from the scene
Judge will decide whether the teen gets life in prison or a chance at parole, because as minor he can’t be sent away for life without a special hearing
The murderous rampage of the Michigan high school shooter, Ethan Crumbley [photo, left], was a meticulously planned evil plot according to a diary allegedly belonging the suspect that was introduced into evidence in court by prosecutors on Thursday. Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley, then 15, is charged as an adult after he killed four teens in his shooting rampage.
In the aftermath police removed armfuls of weapons from his home, recovering further evidence that prompted prosecutors to accuse him of ‘premeditated’ killings.
Crumbly the court heard this week, wrote about his sick plans in a handwritten journal, detailing his plot to target ‘pretty’ girls and make himself famous, according to evidence presented in court.
The mass shooting suspect killed four fellow students at Oxford High School in 2021, after he made those chilling entries in his diary.
Shockingly the entries include a drawing of a girl with a gun to her head captioned: ‘The first victim has to be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer just like me.’
‘I want America to hear what I did,’ Crumbley wrote.
‘I will cause the largest school shooting in the state. I wish to hear the screams of the children as I shoot them.’
In October, Crumbley [left], withdrew his insanity defense and pled guilty to 24 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and terrorism. He is facing up to a maximum sentence of life in prison
The diary was revealed at a court hearing on Thursday.
After the hearing Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kwame Rowe will determine whether Crumbley, now 17, will be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, or he gets a shorter term with an opportunity for parole.
During the hearing, a five-minute surveillance video showing the horrific shooting was played in court as tearful family members of the victims looked on, but the video was not broadcast or photographed by the press on the judge’s orders.
Crumbley, 17, killed four fellow students at Oxford High School in 2021 after penning the chilling diary entries, including a drawing of a girl with a gun to her head
A 22-page journal [photo], was found in a school bathroom stall, allegedly left behind by Crumbley before he emerged in a hallway at Oxford High School and began shooting
Initially the his lawyers put up an insanity defense, but in October, Crumbley withdrew his earlier plea, instead he pled guilty to 24 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and terrorism.
Known as a ‘Miller hearing,’ the court procedure on Wednesday was held pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling that automatic life sentences for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional, requiring a trial judge to rule on the issue. Crumbley was 15 when he committed the massacre.
The lead investigator, Lt. Timothy Willis, was the first witness, saying the 22-page journal was found in a bathroom stall, apparently left behind by Crumbley before he emerged in a hallway at Oxford High School and began shooting.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis holds the gun Ethan Crumbley used to kill four students and injured six others and a teacher in November 2021 at Oxford High School
Family members react during the court hearing on Thursday in Pontiac, Michigan, as they view footage of the Oxford High School shooting. The video was not broadcast or photographed by the press on the judge’s order
Crime scene images show a trajectory analysis of a bullet hole left behind in the premeditated shooting in which Ethan Crumbley targeted and massacared four of his schoolmates
At the hearing Lt. Willis revealed that Crumbley searched the internet for information about police emergency response times, prison sentences for teenagers and whether Michigan has the death penalty.
Crumbley has admitted to carrying out the shooting.
Because he is a minor, 15 at the time, he can not automatically be sent to prison for life. A no-parole sentence is rare for Michigan teens convicted of first-degree murder since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 said minors must be viewed differently than adults.
Life in prison ‘will only be imposed on a juvenile who´s believed to be incorrigible, unredeemable and with no reasonable expectation of rehabilitation,’ said Margaret Raben, former president of a statewide association of defense attorneys.
Judge Rowe has set aside at least two days for the hearing but isn’t expected to make an immediate decision.
Entries in the shocking journal describes the ‘9mm ready’ and a plan to shoot a ‘pretty’ girl in the head
Another depraved entry describes his plan to kidnap, rape and murder a female classmate
Prepping for the murders – Crumbley in the days preceding the massacre searched for information related to prison sentences on school computers
On the day of the shooting, Crumbley and his parents had met with school staff after a teacher was troubled by drawings in this worksheet that included a bloody body and a gun pointing at the words, ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me’
Crumbley’s first victim was freshman Phoebe Arthur [photo], who was shot in the face but miraculously survived. A total of 13 people were shot, four of whom died
Crumbley’s lawyers will argue that he should be released at some point, claiming that the violence was the catastrophic climax of the teen’s untreated mental illness and ‘abhorrent family life.’
In her opening remarks, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Crumbley was an ‘offender like no other,’ meticulously planning the attack and willing to peacefully surrender to spend his life behind bars.
‘We must tell the truth. Our witnesses must tell the truth, and we will tell all of it,’ McDonald told the judge in support of a life sentence.
Relatives of the victims quietly wept as video of the shooting, recorded on school security cameras, was played in court.
The video showed Crumbley, wearing a mask and winter cap, firing at students and eventually dropping to his knees with his arms raised as police encountered him.
Crumbley, now 17, also could be given a minimum sentence somewhere from 25 years to 40 years.
He would then be eligible for parole, though the parole board has much discretion to keep a prisoner in custody.
Judge Kwame Rowe will decide whether Ethan Crumbley should be sentenced to prison without the chance of parole at the conclusion of the pre-sentencing hearing
On the day of the shooting, Crumbley and his parents had met with school staff after a teacher was troubled by drawings that included a bloody body and a gun pointing at the words, ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’
School officials said that Crumbley talked his way out of trouble by claiming the drawings were part of plans to create a video game.
After the meeting, Crumbley was allowed to stay in school, about 40 miles north of Detroit, though his backpack was not checked for weapons.
Ethan Crumbley is shown at a shooting range in a video displayed in court on Thursday. Video of the school shooting itself was not broadcast by the media by order of the judge
He later emerged from a bathroom with a pistol and began firing on fellow students.
Police say Crumbley’s first victim was freshman Phoebe Arthur, who was shot in the face but miraculously survived. A total of 13 people were shot, four of whom died.
Prosecutors insist Crumbley´s decisions can´t be mitigated by his young age or immaturity.
Crumbley ‘took extensive time to research, plan and prepare for the school shooting, and he expressly considered the results, risks and consequences of his actions – specifically contemplating that he would spend the rest of his life in prison,’ assistant prosecutor Marc Keast said in a court filing.
The shooter got his wish to kill girls when he shot dead Hana St Juliana, 14, [left], and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, [right], in the 2021 shooting rampage at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit
Crumbley also killed two male students, Justin Shilling, 17, (left) and Tate Myre (right) in the mass shooting
Crumbley’s lawyers plan to offer testimony from an expert in child brain development and another who has spent time with the teen and performed psychological tests.
Crumbley is ‘not one of those rare individuals who is irreparably corrupt and can´t be rehabilitated,’ attorney Paulette Michel Loftin said in her opening statement.
Roughly 300 people who were serving mandatory life sentences have returned to Michigan’s local courts and received shorter sentences as a result of the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decisions about how to assess US teens convicted of murder, according to the State Appellate Defender Office.
Ethan Crumbley’s parents James and Jennifer Crumbley were also charged, and were banned from attending their son’s hearing on Wednesday
Crumbley´s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are separately charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting.
They’re accused of buying a gun for their son and ignoring his mental health needs.
They had sought to attend their son’s Miller hearing on Wednesday, but were barred from attending in a one-word ruling from Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews, who wrote simply: Denied.