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Jennifer Crumbley Found Guilty

Mother of Oxford shooter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
graphic by Sidney Kapelanski

Ethan Crumbley was convicted for murdering 4 and injuring 7 students during the Oxford High School shooting in 2021 and sentenced to life in prison this past December. Following his conviction the court is proceeding on the cases of his parents Jennifer and James Crumbley.

Jennifer Crumbley’s case was held in February and she pleaded not guilty for her potential involvement in the Oxford shooting.

Key points made by the prosecution included the fact that the Crumbleys had gifted their son a gun for his birthday; moreover, Jennifer was the last person to have the gun. School counselors had also called home the day of the shooting to make the parents aware that Ethan had been exhibiting concerning behavior that was seemingly ‘violent’ and potentially a threat. The parents excused his behavior and claimed they would be unable to pick him up so he was sent back to class.

Jennifer Crumbley argued that the gun was supposed to be secured by Ethan’s father, making it his fault the gun was easy to access. That point is the reason why Jennifer and James’s cases were separated as Jennifer attempts to shift blame onto her husband. She had also shifted blame onto the school for allowing Ethan to go back to class and for not notifying her of his behavior sooner.

After 11 hours, the jury ruled that Jennifer Crumbley was guilty of involuntary manslaughter and could face prison time up to 15 years. This trial puts in place a new president of mass shootings as this was the first case to have the parents be put on trial and for a parent to be found guilty for a school shooting.

James Crumbley is expected to go on trial in March.


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