Ethan Crumbley escapes Mandatory Life sentence with guilty plea through supreme court ruling: the 8th Amendment Loophole
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Ethan Crumbley, suspect in the Oxford High School shooting pled guilty this morning to 24 counts of felony charges in a Pre-Trial hearing before Judge Kwame Rowe of the Oakland County District Court (52-3).
Ethan was charged after killing four students and wounding seven others including a teacher last November.
His charges include one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and 12 counts of felony firearm possession.
Legal analysts describe the Crumbley case as “groundbreaking” as this will be the first school shooter to be convicted of terrorism in the U.S.
Additionally, the case marks the first of its kind to charge the parents of a mass shooter.
James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of Ethan Crumbley, continue to face four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Their case is currently under appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court.
Both Ethan and his parents have been held at the Oakland County Jail since last year.
The 8th Amendment Loophole
As proceeding move to the penalty phase considerations for next steps loom for victims, families, and the general public who keep a close watch on the case.
Legal experts suggest that a lot rides on the decisions of Oakland County Prosecutor, Karen McDonald, as to whether or not she will pursue a life sentence without the possibility of parole (known as an LWOP) for Ethan.
But there’s a little more at stake that will have to be taken into consideration.
Namely, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama (2012) where life sentences for juvenile offenders was deemed unconstitutional.
In short, the Miller decision determined that life sentences for juvenile offenders violated the 8th Amendment prohibition clause of “cruel and unusual punishment.”
A tentative court date for what Judge Kwame Rowe referred to as a Miller Hearing has been scheduled for February 9, 2023.
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