The parents of Ethan Crumbley, the teenager who carried out a deadly shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, are requesting permission to attend his upcoming sentencing. James and Jennifer Crumbley, who are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the attack, have been held in a suburban Detroit jail since shortly after the November 2021 shooting.
Ethan Crumbley, 17, is set to be sentenced on December 8 and could face life in prison. The defense lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley argued in a court filing that the hearing is of utmost importance to any parent, regardless of their child’s actions.
However, prosecutors are opposing the presence of the Crumbley parents in court, stating that it would be a distraction, particularly for the victims who plan to speak at the sentencing. Assistant prosecutor Marc Keast suggested that the parents could watch the hearing online from jail instead.
The Crumbleys have had no contact with their son for nearly two years, and their trial is scheduled to begin on January 23, 2023. They are accused of making a gun accessible to Ethan at home and neglecting his mental health needs, contributing to the tragic incident.
The shooting at Oxford High School resulted in the deaths of four students, with six additional students and a staff member sustaining injuries. Ethan Crumbley has already pleaded guilty to terrorism and murder charges. While he is eligible for life in prison without parole, a shorter sentence is also a possibility.