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Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, drew a disturbing picture in the diary of a girl with a gun to her head saying his first victim must have been ‘pretty’ and ‘suffering like me’: family sees video of fatal rampage as judge mulls life sentence

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Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley wrote about his sick plans in a handwritten diary, detailing his plot to target “pretty” girls and gain fame, according to evidence presented in court.

Crumbley, 17, killed four classmates at Oxford High School in 2021 after writing the chilling diary entries, including a drawing of a girl with a gun to her head captioned: ‘The first victim must be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer like me.

“I want America to hear what I did,” Crumbley wrote. “I’m going to cause the biggest school shooting in the state. I want to hear the screams of the children as I shoot them.

The diary was revealed during a court hearing on Thursday, after which Judge Kwame Rowe will determine whether the killer will be sentenced to life in prison or a shorter sentence with the possibility of parole.

During the hearing, a five-minute surveillance video showing the horrific shooting was played in court as the victims’ family members watched in tears, but the video was not released or photographed by the press by order of the judge.

Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley wrote about his sick plans in a handwritten diary, according to evidence presented in court Thursday

Crumbley, 17, killed four classmates at Oxford High School in 2021 after writing the chilling diary entries, including a drawing of a girl with a gun to her head

Crumbley, 17, killed four classmates at Oxford High School in 2021 after writing the chilling diary entries, including a drawing of a girl with a gun to her head

Lead investigator Lt Timothy Willis was the first witness, saying the 22-page diary was found in a toilet cubicle, apparently left by Crumbley before he emerged into a hallway at Oxford High School and don’t start shooting.

Willis said Crumbley searched the internet for information on police emergency response times, jail time for teens and whether Michigan has the death penalty.

Crumbley admitted to doing the filming. But because he was 15 at the time, he cannot automatically be sentenced to life.

A sentence without parole has been rare for Michigan teenagers convicted of first-degree murder since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that minors should be treated differently from adults.

Life in prison “will only be imposed on a minor considered incorrigible, irrecoverable and without a reasonable expectation of rehabilitation”, said Margaret Raben, former president of an association of defense lawyers nationwide. State.

Judge Rowe has set aside at least two days for the hearing but is not expected to make an immediate decision.

Family members react during Thursday's court hearing in Pontiac, Michigan, as they watch video of the Oxford high school shooting where Ethan Crumbley killed four students

Family members react during Thursday’s court hearing in Pontiac, Michigan, as they watch video of the Oxford high school shooting where Ethan Crumbley killed four students

A 22-page diary (above) was found in a bathroom stall, apparently left by Crumbley before he emerged into a hallway at Oxford High School and started shooting

A 22-page diary (above) was found in a bathroom stall, apparently left by Crumbley before he emerged into a hallway at Oxford High School and started shooting

Another entry describes graphic plans to kidnap, rape and murder a classmate

Another entry describes graphic plans to kidnap, rape and murder a classmate

Journal entry describes '9mm ready' and plan to shoot 'pretty' girl in the head

Journal entry describes ‘9mm ready’ and plan to shoot ‘pretty’ girl in the head

Crumbley’s lawyers will argue he should be released at some point, saying the violence was the catastrophic culmination of the teenager’s untreated mental illness and “odious family life”.

In her opening remarks, Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald said Crumbley was a ‘delinquent like no other’, planning the attack meticulously and willing to surrender peacefully to spend his life behind bars .

‘We have to tell the truth. Our witnesses must tell the truth, and we will tell everything,’ McDonald told the judge in support of a life sentence.

Relatives of the victims wept silently as video of the shooting, recorded on school security cameras, was played in court.

The video showed Crumbley, wearing a face mask and winter cap, shooting at students and eventually falling to his knees with his arms raised as police encountered him.

Crumbley, now 17, could also face a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years.

He would then be eligible for parole, although the parole board has a great deal of discretion in keeping a prisoner in custody.

Oakland County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Willis holds the gun Ethan Crumbley used to kill four students and injure six others and a teacher in November 2021 at Oxford High School

Oakland County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis holds the gun Ethan Crumbley used to kill four students and injure six others and a teacher in November 2021 at Oxford High School

Ethan Crumbley is shown at a shooting range in a video released in court on Thursday.  The video of the school shooting itself was withheld from the media by order of the judge

Ethan Crumbley is shown at a shooting range in a video released in court on Thursday. The video of the school shooting itself was withheld from the media by order of the judge

Oakland County Judge Kwame Rowe will decide whether Ethan Crumbley should be sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole

Oakland County Judge Kwame Rowe will decide whether Ethan Crumbley should be sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole

On the day of the shooting, Crumbley and his parents had met school staff after a teacher was disturbed by drawings that included a bloodied body and a gun pointed at the words: ‘Thoughts won’t stop “. Help me.’

After the meeting, Crumbley was allowed to stay at the school, about 40 miles north of Detroit, although his backpack was not checked for weapons.

Later, he came out of a bathroom with a gun and started shooting at other students.

Crumbley’s first victim, police say

He pleaded guilty to 24 counts, including first degree murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

Prosecutors insist Crumbley’s decisions cannot be tempered by his young age or immaturity.

Crumbley “took a long time to research, plan and prepare for the school shooting, and he expressly considered the results, risks and consequences of his actions – specifically considering that he would spend the rest of his prison life,” Assistant District Attorney Marc Keast said. in a court case.

Madisyn Baldwin, 17 years old

Hana St Juliana, 14 years old

Madisyn Baldwin, 17 (left) and Hana St Juliana, 14 (right) died in the 2021 shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit

Justin Shilling died in hospital

Tate Myre died at school

Justin Shilling, 17 (left) and Tate Myre (right) were also killed in the senseless shooting

Crumbley’s lawyers plan to offer testimony from an expert in child brain development and another who has spent time with the teenager and conducted psychological tests.

Crumbley is “not one of those rare people who is irretrievably corrupt and cannot be rehabilitated,” attorney Paulette Michel Loftin said in her opening statement.

According to the State Appellate Defender Office, about 300 people who were serving mandatory life sentences have returned to local Michigan courts and been sentenced to shorter terms following groundbreaking Supreme Court rulings on how to assess American teenagers convicted of murder.

Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are separately charged with manslaughter in the shooting. They are accused of buying a gun for their son and ignoring his mental health needs.

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