Ethan Crumbley, the teenager who was charged of killing four Students in Oxford High School in November and wounding six other students.
Crumbley the man who just last month wrote the words in his diary “I will cause the biggest school shooting in Michigan’s history. I have fully mentally lost it,” Crumbley pleaded guilty on Monday to murder in the first degree and terroristic charges for the bloodshed he pledged to cause in the schoolyard of Oxford High School four days after his parents purchased him an assault weapon.
In a courtroom packed with grieving victims’ family members, Crumbley, 16, admitted to killings committed by his fellow classmates, Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St. Juliana 14 as well as Justin Shilling, 17, and for the injuries he inflicted to seven others hit through his bullets.
“Is it your own choice to plead guilty?” Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe asked him.
“Yes sir,” Crumbley said.
Crumbley who was just fifteen at the time of murder The teenager later admitted that he deliberately killed students using his handgun of 9mm — which confirmed what he had written in his diary one day before the tragedy.
“First off, I got my gun. It’s an SP2022 SIG Sauer 9mm. Second, the shooting is tomorrow, I have access to the gun and ammo,” Crumbley wrote in his journal. “… is the victim of my first attack. must be an attractive girl with a bright future, to avoid suffering like me.”
In pleading guilty, Crumbley dropped a bombshell which could be damaging to his parents in their own criminal trial, telling him that the weapon used in the shooting was easily available.
“It was not locked,” he said in court, contradicting his parents’ claims that the gun was properly stored in a secure area.
James as well as Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter after they allegedly bought their son a gun police believe was used for the shooting.
Crumbley who is currently facing the possibility of life in prison, pleaded guilty to the entire 24 counts that he was charged with for murder in the first degree and terrorism that caused death, homicide , and assault with the intent to kill.
“You understand the maximum penalties you face here … life in prison, without parole,” the judge demanded.
“Yes sir,” Crumbley replied from the podium.
Crumbley, who has been locked up since the mass killing 11 months ago, showed no emotion as he delivered his guilty plea, offering only brief details about how he plotted to take a gun to school to kill his classmates.
In his plea, Crumbley told the judge that he had asked his father to purchase a gun for him and that he then provided the money he earned to purchase the gun, though his parents have maintained for years that they didn’t know that he’d use the gun to conduct an attack on a large group.
“He’s taking accountability for his actions,” his lawyer Paulette Loftin told reporters following the hearing, noting that the client was “definitely” remorseful for what was done.
“We have to all remember he is a 16-year-old boy, so a very scary situation today to be in front of a number of cameras, hear the clicking, to be appearing in front of a judge,” Loftin stated, before saying: “It is an extremely emotional day. I don’t believe there are any words that can help (the victims and their families) feel more at ease.”