Ethan Crumbley, the 16-year-old accused gunman in the Oxford High School shooting, testified Monday that he gave his father the money to buy the handgun he used to carry out the massacre.
This revelation was made when Crumbley pleaded guilty in November to the killing of four students at the school just outside Detroit, Michigan. As Crumbley entered the guilty plea, the stunned courtroom was filled with grieving family members.
Crumbley’s parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting. They have pleaded guilty.
While testifying, Ethan Crumbley also appeared to contradict his parents’ claim that they believed the handgun was stored in a secure location.
“When you obtained the firearm, it was not kept in a locked container or a safe,”The prosecutor was asked.
“Yes, it was not locked,”Ethan Crumbley spoke.
Crumbley’s attorney, Paulette Michel Loftin, said he originally intended to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
“He’s taking accountability for his actions,”Loftin spoke to reporters.
Karen McDonald, Oakland County Prosecutor, says that the guilty plea has been accepted and the family will not be subject to a trial.
“We’re not aware of any other case anywhere in the country where a mass shooter has been convicted of terrorism on state charges,”McDonald’s said.
Ethan Crumbley will be back in court on February 9. He will be sentenced after survivors and victims’ family members get the opportunity to address the court.