Ethan Crumbley pleads guilty in Oxford High School shooting

Pontiac – A stoic Ethan Crumbley admitted to an Oakland County judge on Monday that he engaged in a shooting at Oxford High School last year that left four classmates dead and seven others injured, provoking emotional reactions from the victims’ families in the courtroom.

In front of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kwame Rowe, Crumpley’s lawyers pleaded guilty on Monday to 24 criminal charges, including terrorism causing death and first-degree murder, which can lead to jail time. for life. The 16-year-old was charged as an adult and had to admit he intentionally tried to shoot and kill Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling along with the six other students and a teacher .

Nicole Beausoliel, whose daughter Madisyn Baldwin was shot and killed, started shaking and choking on sobs at the mention of her daughter’s name. She was comforted and hugged by two women.

Paulette Michel Loftin, Crumbley’s attorney, said before Crumbley’s plea that the attorneys had withdrawn their previous intention to advance an insanity defense. Outside the courtroom after the 26-minute hearing, Loftin described Crumbley as remorseful and said the plea was his idea.

“He wanted to accept responsibility … for doing the right thing,” Loftin said.

Every available seat in the courtroom was occupied by the public and the media. Some members of the public were directed to an overflow space in the County Commissioners Auditorium.

Wolfgang Mueller, an attorney representing the families of slain student Madisyn, 17, and surviving rookie Phoebe Arthur in federal wrongful death and negligence lawsuits, said the guilty plea will bring comfort to the families of the victims. , while raising more questions.

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