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Student accused of killing four people at Oxford high school in Michigan to plead guilty


The teenager accused of having killed four classmates in a shootout at a Michigan high school last year is expected to plead guilty to two dozen charges, authorities said Friday, including terrorism – an extraordinarily unusual if not unprecedented charge in a school shooting.

Oakland County Deputy Chief Prosecutor David Williams said in a statement that Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 when he allegedly opened fire at a school in Oxford, Michigan, and is charged in as an adult, is expected to plead guilty on Monday to four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, 12 counts of possession of a firearm and one count of terrorism with caused death.

“There was no plea deal, no reduction and no sentencing deal,” Williams said. In addition to the four killed, seven were injured in the shooting.

The terrorism charge was designed to address the harm done to those who suffered the violent rampage but were not killed or injured, Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald told The Washington Post in December. 2021.

Michigan’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 defines terrorism as an act “intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence or affect the conduct of the government or any governmental unit through intimidation or coercion.”

A lawyer for Crumbley did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment.

In another rare move, the parents of the alleged shooter have been charged with four counts of manslaughter. James and Jennifer Crumbley are facing allegations that they ignored warning signs of their son’s behavior and failed to secure the gun used by their son, which investigators say was stored in an unused drawer. locked out of their room. They pleaded not guilty in 2021 and filed a motion in July to have the case against them dismissed, arguing they should never have been charged because their son is solely responsible for the murders of four people.

At the time of the shooting in November 2021, it was the deadliest episode of campus violence in the United States in more than 18 months.

Timothy Bella, Kim Bellware, Meryl Kornfield and Annabelle Timsit contributed to this report.


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