A school shooter on the outskirts of Denver was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
Castillo was 18 years old. Praised as a hero In an effort to stop Eriksen’s deadly massacre, in which eight people were injured.
A jury found that Ericsson partnered with fellow student Alec McKinney to plan the attack for weeks. McKinney testified that he wanted to target students who made fun of him because he was transgender.
Judge Theresa Michelle Slade extended Ericsson’s mandatory life sentence by hundreds of years after hearing the long and emotional testimony of survivors.
“I don’t think I can say anything to you, it doesn’t matter,” Slade said.
Ericsson was stoned as he read the verdict, but his voice was broken when the judge asked him if he wanted to speak. Immediately after, members of his family testified that they loved him. ۔
McCain was sentenced to life in prison last year, but may be eligible for parole after 20 years as a teenager.
Both shooters targeted a dark classroom where students were watching a movie. According to the prosecution, they entered through separate doors to maximize the massacre and intended to kill McCain, either by suicide or at the hands of his accomplice.
The massacre was foiled when Castillo and two other students, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy, Ericsson is accused of having a gun.. McKinney was arrested by a security guard.
“He killed Kendrick, and he didn’t care,” Jones told the court. “I’ll beg you to put him in jail.”
“Defendant lost,” Bailey said. He went into the classroom armed with weak students and lost.
Erickson’s father, Jim Erickson, read the victims’ names aloud and apologized to the community.
“We pray for them every day,” he said through tears.
With AP wires.