PONTIAC, Mich. — The 16-year-old charged with killing four students at Oxford High School in November pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and terrorism charges in a Michigan courtroom.
In a packed courtroom filled with the victims’ grieving families, Crumbley took responsibility for the murders of his classmates — Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17 — and the injuries he caused to seven others who were struck by his bullets.
“Is it your own choice to plead guilty?” Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe asked him.
“Yes sir,” he responded.
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Crumbley, who was 15 at the time of the killing, then admitted that he deliberately shot and killed the students with his 9 mm handgun — confirming what he wrote in his journal one day before the tragedy.
Is it true that you intended to cause panic and fear,” the prosecutor asked him.
“Yes,” he responded.
Crumbley’s parents were summoned to school on Nov. 30. to discuss his disturbing behavior. James and Jennifer Crumbley had said they would get him counseling but declined to take him home.
Crumbley had a gun in his backpack and went on his rampage soon after his parents left. The parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly buying their son the gun that police say was used in the shooting.
In entering his guilty plea, Crumbley dropped a bombshell that may hurt his parents in their separate criminal case, telling the judge that the gun he used in the shooting was easily accessible.
“It was not locked,” he said in court, contradicting his parents’ claims that the gun was properly stored in a secure area.
Prosecutors said Friday they made no plea deals, no reductions and no agreements regarding sentencing.
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Contributing: Elisha Anderson and John Wisely, Detroit Free Press