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Michigan shooter’s parents in prison for 10 to 15 years
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James and Jennifer Crumbley were sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for their involvement in the Oxford shooting, which shook Michigan and the country in November 2021 and was orchestrated by their son, Ethan Crumbley.

For the first time in US history, parents are being held legally responsible for the actions of their children in mass shootings. They were found guilty of four counts of manslaughter. Prosecutors claim that their inaction and negligence contributed to a tragedy that could have been anticipated.

The Crumbleys were found directly responsible for the tragic events through their conduct or inaction in this high-profile trial in the United States. Experts see this case as a crucial test case for defining responsibility in mass shootings. They also point to the evolution of the legal system, which can now hold not only the direct perpetrators, but also those who incited them, accountable for their actions.

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Prosecutors highlighted the lack of remorse shown by the shooter’s parents, as well as their failure to react to multiple red flags raised by their son in the weeks leading up to the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of four people.

Each of the victims’ families made statements before sentencing. The judge, for her part, highlighted the Crumbleys’ inaction, which subsequently led to this terrible event.

This unprecedented conviction sets a new milestone in the field of justice for mass shootings in the United States and criminal responsibility for both those directly and indirectly involved in such acts.

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