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And Governor Gretchen Whitmer gets a free pass.

Parents of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley sentenced to at least 10 years in prison

James and Jennifer Crumbley sit at a table in court wearing prison clothes, awaiting sentencing
 
  • In¬†short:¬†James and Jennifer Crumbley are the first parents¬†convicted in a US mass school shooting.
  • They were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after their son, Ethan, killed four people at his Michigan school in 2021.
  • What's next?¬†The judge has sentenced the pair to at least 10 years behind bars.

The parents of a Michigan teen who shot and killed four classmates have both been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison, after a jury convicted them of manslaughter in a rare case of parents being held responsible in a school shooting.

Jennifer and James Crumbley, Ethan Crumbley's parents, were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors presented evidence of an unsecured gun at home and indifference toward the teen’s mental health.

They were sentenced immediately after several parents of the victims gave emotional impact statements in an Oakland County courtroom on Tuesday.

"Not only did your son kill my daughter, but you both did as well," Nicole Beausoleil, the mother of Madisyn Baldwin, 17, told the court as she wept.

A jail booking photo of Ethan Crumbley beside his mother Jennifer Crumbley and dad James Crumbley.
 
Ethan Crumbley (left) in a mughshot alongside parents Jennifer and James. (Reuters Photo: Oakland County Sheriff)

James Crumbley sat impassively while his wife Jennifer hung her head.

Ethan Crumbley was 15 at the time of the shooting at Oxford High School in 2021.

He pleaded guilty in 2022 to four counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December.

In remarks to the court before sentencing, Jennifer Crumbley, 46, said she expressed her "deepest sorrow" and said she had had no inkling her son was capable of killing.

"My husband and I used to say we have the perfect kid. I truly believed that," she said, naming her son's victims several times.

"I didn't have a reason to do anything different. This is not something I foresaw.

"If there's anything the general public can take away from this, it's that this could happen to you, too.

"I will be in my own internal prison for the rest of my life.

Addressing the court, her 47-year-old husband said, "I am sorry for your loss as a result of what my son did. My heart pours out to every single one of you."

Gun and warning signs key to case

Prosecutors in the trials of both Jennifer Crumbley and James Crumbley said the parents were criminally negligent for providing a gun for their child as a Christmas present and for ignoring signs his mental health had deteriorated and that he was potentially violent.

The parents' legal teams argued, among other points, that it was impossible for the mother and the father to envision their son would carry out a mass shooting.

The United States, a country with persistent gun violence, has experienced a series of school shootings over the years, often carried out by current or former students.

A n american flag conceals the face of a bo walking with a gun in a holster on his jeans

There is little precedent for the criminal charges faced by the Crumbleys, who are the first parents known to be charged with manslaughter in a school shooting carried out by one of their children.

James Crumbley purchased the 9mm semi-automatic handgun as a Christmas present for Ethan just four days before the shooting on November 30, 2021.

Prosecutors said during the trials that on the morning of the rampage, both of Ethan's parents were summoned to their son's school after teachers discovered violent messages and drawings on his schoolwork.

The Crumbleys were told Ethan needed immediate counselling. But prosecutors said the couple resisted, taking the teen home that day, and didn't search his backpack or ask him about the gun they knew he could access.

Ethan Crumbley was returned to class. He later walked out of a bathroom with the gun and began firing, according to prosecutors.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-10/jennifer-james-crumbley-sentenced-over-michigan-school-shooting/103688212

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So much happening in Trump world.

World attention is attracted to Monday's (Manhattan time) trial: making history as the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges when his hush money case opens with jury selection.

What I'm curious about, is what Melania's actions or inactions, can tell us.

From the ethos of, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", I suggest that there is a portion of this story, that goes: If Trump is acquitted in this case, then the payments can be spun as legal expenses, if Trump if found guilty, then the payments are to a Porn Star, plain for all to see.

Melania has been very quiet on the public front, most unlike the devoted wife of a presidential candidate.

I also suggest that there is a, or multiple, "no infidelity" clauses in her pre and post nuptial agreements.

Were Donald to be found guilty, in this "hiding payments to a Porn Star as legitimate business expenses" case, then she will be by definition and inference, scorned.

Interesting months and years ahead.

Have you seen images of young Barron Trump recently? very tall, Mum's been feeding him Slovakian growing juice.

Melania with a previous beau:

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and

"72 hours until all hell breaks loose!"

Never one to miss an opportunity to raise funds, the Trump campaign sent out a fundraising email in which it insisted ‚ÄúALL HELL‚ÄĚ would break loose on Monday, adding, ‚ÄúNow is the time to help me SAVE AMERICA and chip in.‚ÄĚ Buried deep in the email, there is a call for peaceful demonstrations, which reads: ‚ÄúIf we fail to have a MASSIVE outpouring of peaceful patriotic support ‚Äď right here, right now ‚Äď all Hell will break loose.‚ÄĚ

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more at : https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-threatens-reaction-to-pending-sham-trial-fundraising-email-72-hours-until-all-hell-breaks-loose/ar-BB1lvKqE

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Looks like little Donnie, the multi billionaire who doesn't have enough money to pay a 175 million bond chose a bail bondsman, who also doesn't have any money, and is not licensed to do business in New York...

https://www.msnbc.com/top-stories/latest/letitia-james-trump-fraud-bond-judgment-void-rcna148664

New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked Judge Arthur Engoron to void the $175 million bond in Donald Trump's civil fraud judgment, citing concerns that the bond company doesn't have the funds. 

In a filing on Friday, James said Knight Specialty Insurance Company, which underwrote Trump's bond, has not been able to show that it has enough collateral to back it. She described KSIC as "a small insurer that is not authorized to write business in New York and thus not regulated by the state’s insurance department," and said the company had never written a surety bond in New York or in the past two years in any other jurisdiction.

James’ office is seeking to have Trump put up a replacement bond within seven days of a ruling. A hearing is set for Monday... etc etc etc

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And hidden amongst the many headlines, that are and will be, coming out of Trump's court case underway in 'merica is this little gem:

Conviction upheld for operative who funneled Russian money to Team Trump

seems that Jesse Benton In 2013,  was convicted as part of a bribery scheme, but he avoided a prison sentence and was ordered to serve two years of probation. Trump pardoned him.

Then in 2016 he did it again... campaign-finance violation: He was charged with helping funnel illegal money to Team Trump from a Russian national. Convicted in 2022 and sentenced to prison soon after.

Appeal dismissed...

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/conviction-upheld-operative-funneled-russian-money-team-trump-rcna148833

 

Ya can't get a Pardon, if your clown is not a president anymore...

 

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more - Trump's Truth Social

Russian finance

According to The Guardian, in December 2021, two loans totaling $8 million (~$8.87 million in 2023) were paid to Trump Media from obscure Putin-connected entities as the company was "on the brink of collapse". $2 million was paid by Paxum Bank, part-owned by Anton Postolnikov, a relation of Aleksandr Smirnov, a former Russian government official who now runs the Russian maritime company Rosmorport. $6 million was paid by an ostensibly separate entity, ES Family Trust, whose director was the director of Paxum Bank at the same time. As of March 2023, prosecutors in the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York were investigating the Russian ties.[50][51] The Washington Post reported that Trump Media paid a $240,000 finder's fee as part of the arrangement, allegedly to a party associated with Digital World.[52]

The federal probe into investors of DWAC, according to The Washington Post, discovered that a wealthy investor in the company was allegedly connected to attempts to allegedly move assets from Russia, Ukraine, and China into the Caribbean, and other intermediaries such as Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Belize. According to a government transcript, an informant referenced the process as "the full Singapore with a double dip, as we call it, with having the U.K. thrown in there, just to give it that added cleanliness and polishing off."[53]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Social

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