Mass shooter Ethan Crumbley’s mother, Jennifer, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in his shooting

Jennifer Crumbley, the mother charged in connection with her son’s deadly school shooting rampage in 2021, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday after a landmark trial. The unanimous verdict came after two days of jury deliberations, marking a significant moment in the legal system as it addressed the question of parental accountability in mass shootings.

Crumbley, 45, faced four counts of involuntary manslaughter for each of the victims in the attack at Oxford High School in Michigan. Her son, Ethan, pleaded guilty to murder and terrorism charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

During the trial, jurors examined over 400 pieces of evidence, including text messages and photos from Crumbley’s cellphone, as well as dramatic video footage of the shooting spree. The prosecution portrayed Crumbley as a neglectful mother who failed to properly store the semi-automatic handgun gifted to her son, despite knowing about his struggles and concerning behavior.

Defense lawyer Shannon Smith argued that James Crumbley, Jennifer’s husband, was responsible for storing the weapon and that school officials were aware of Ethan’s difficulties but did not fully inform Jennifer. Smith urged the jury to acquit Crumbley, emphasizing that she was doing her best as a mother.

Jennifer Crumbley testified in her defense, acknowledging her son’s worries about his future and mental health struggles but insisting she never believed he was capable of such violence. She maintained that she wouldn’t have done anything differently in hindsight and expressed her belief that she wasn’t a failure as a parent.

James Crumbley, 47, is expected to stand trial next month on the same involuntary manslaughter charges. Jennifer Crumbley faces up to 15 years in prison per count and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9.

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