“There were no pleas, no reductions, no sentencing agreements,” Williams said. In addition to the four killed, seven were injured in the shooting.
The terrorism charge was designed to address the harm done to those who suffered from the violent rampage but were not killed or injured, according to Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald. said the Washington Post in December 2021.
Michigan counterterrorism act of 2002 defines terrorism as an act intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence the behavior of a government or unit of government by intimidation or coercion or affecting.
An attorney for Crumbley did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment.
In another rare move, the alleged shooter’s parents were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of ignoring warning signs in their son’s behavior and failing to retrieve the gun used by their son, which investigators alleged was stored in an unlocked drawer in their bedroom. They pleaded not guilty in 2021 and filing a motion in July to throw out the case against them, arguing that they should never have been charged because their son was the only person responsible for killing four people.
In January, Ethan Crumbley’s attorneys said they would pursue an insanity defense, according to a filing notice they received. The Associated Press.
At the time of shooting in November 2021, it appeared to be his deadliest episode violence on campus in the United States in more than 18 months.
Timothy Bella, Kim Bellware, Meryl Kornfield and Annabelle Timsit contributed to this report.