After much debate and speculaiton, an Oakland County judge last month sentenced Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley to life in prison without parole.
Matthew Fahr of the Oakland Press points out that the sentence could be the last of its kind in Michigan if legislation in Lansing passes.
Last spring, Michigan Senate and House members introduced legislation to abolish juvenile life sentences without parole. If passed, Michigan would join 26 other states that have taken steps to comply with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Miller v. Alabama, declaring automatic sentencing of a child to life without parole unconstitutional.
The shooter, now 17 but 15 when he murdered four students at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021, was sentenced to life without parole on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism causing death
Under one bill, Senate Bill 119, a court could not sentence an individual under 19 years old when the crime was committed to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility. A second bill, Senate Bill 120, would allow for juveniles who have served 10 years of their life sentence without parole to go before a parole board and have their case heard.
Crumbley's shooting rampage in November 2021 left four students dead and six others wounded. A teacher was also wounded.