An American teenager was sentenced Friday to life in prison for killing four students at his high school in 2021 with a gun given to him by his parents in the northern state of Michigan. Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 years old at the time of the crime, was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of early release in an Oakland County court.
The teenager, now 17, in an orange inmate jumpsuit and wearing dark glasses, told the jury before the verdict was "a really bad person." He had pleaded guilty in October 2022 to bringing the Sig Sauer 9mm pistol given to his high school in Oxford as an early Christmas present with 50 bullets in his backpack and shooting the high school students. Ethan Crumbley killed two girls and two boys between the ages of 14 and 17 and wounded six other students and a teacher.
In a rare move, his parents were charged with manslaughter after being accused of negligence and ignoring warning signs of his act. Despite a summons from the teachers, who had informed them of their son's search for ammunition on the Internet, they had not reacted.