Parents of Michigan school shooter sentenced 10-15 years each

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teenager who killed four students in a 2021 school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, were each sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 15 years in prison, respectively, weeks after they were convicted of manslaughter.

They will receive credit for 858 days already served.

The judge presiding over the sentencing of James and Jennifer Crumbley said the decision should be a deterrent to try to stop school shootings in the future.

“Opportunity knocked over and over again, louder and louder, and was ignored,” Judge Cheryl Matthews said. “No one answered and these two people should have and sure didn’t.”

She said she is “aware of my job in this situation” and promised not to be “swayed by public opinion” when handing down the sentencing decision.

Talking to the families in the courtroom, Matthews said she could never understand the pain they are experiencing, but reassured them, “I saw what you saw and I heard what you heard” during the trials.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald urged Judge Cheryl Matthews to exceed the sentencing guidelines for James and Jennifer Crumbley, asking the judge to consider the “devastating impact of their gross negligence that was foreseeable.”

“I want to be clear, remorse does not sound like, ‘I feel really bad.’ I’m sure they do. I don’t dispute they feel bad, I don’t dispute they have grief. That’s not the kind of remorse and accountability these victims are looking for,” McDonald said in court Tuesday.

She continued, addressing the judge:

“When fashioning a sentence, it is absolutely critical that you listen and consider the impact of what that gross negligence caused. So we’re asking you to exceed the guidelines because I believe all of the factors pursuant to the case law.”

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