Parents Of MI School Shooter Receive Prison Sentence

April 10, 2024

These convictions convey repeated acts, or lack of acts, that could have halted an oncoming runaway train.

Judge Cheryl Matthews on the sentencing of James and Jennifer Crumbley, whose teenager killed four students and injured several others in a 2021 school shooting in Michigan.

Why It Matters: James and Jennifer Crumbley were each found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year after prosecutors argued they failed to secure a gun at their home and displayed a lack of concern towards their son’s mental health leading up to the shooting. On Tuesday, a judge in Michigan sentenced the couple to at least 10 years in prison; they will receive credit for the more than two years they have already served in jail as they were unable to pay bond. Prosecutors said “tragically simple actions” from the Crumbley’s could have prevented the shooting – for which their son (now 17 years old) is currently serving a life sentence.

Big Picture: The Crumbleys verdict marks the first time parents in the United States have been held criminally responsible for their child’s shooting. The Crumbleys will serve a maximum of 15 years each, if they are not granted parole after 10 years.

Read More: Michigan school shooter’s parents sentenced to at least 10 years in prison (The Associated Press)

Parents of Michigan School Shooter Ethan Crumbley Sentenced to 10-15 Years in Prison (The Wall Street Journal)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas