PONTIAC, Mich. (Court TV) — The teenager who pleaded guilty to murdering four students and injuring seven others in a mass shooting at a Michigan high school will learn his sentence on Friday.
Following a hearing that spanned several days this summer, Judge Kwame Rowe ruled that Crumbley would be eligible for life in prison without parole. In his ruling, Rowe cited Crumbley’s planning for the shooting, including researching criminal penalties and “what is a life sentence for a 15-year-old.”
A forensic psychiatrist who testified at the trial, Dr. Lisa Anacker, said that she didn’t believe Crumbley was mentally ill when he killed his classmates.
“What we don’t see is any signs of bizarre behavior, disorganized speech, responding to internal stimuli,” Anacker testified. “I can understand how it’s difficult to imagine how a sane person can commit mass murder, but research shows mental illness doesn’t account for most of the violence in our country.”
Friday’s hearing is expected to be lengthy and emotional, with as many as 40 people expected to deliver victim impact statements.
Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Prosecutors say they are culpable because they purchased the gun for their son and ignored his mental health needs.