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James and Jennifer Crumbley: Everything that led up to the sentencing for parents of Oxford High School shooter

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(CBS DETROIT) - James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the Oxford High School shooter, were sentenced on Tuesday after being found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the school shooting.

Breaking down the sentencing hearing of James and Jennifer Crumbley 11:02

The parents are the first in the U.S. to be held responsible for a school shooting committed by their child after their son killed four students and injured seven others in the Oxford High School shooting on Nov. 30, 2021.

Prosecutors had asked Matthews to sentence them to 10 to 15 years in prison prior to the hearing.

Nov. 30, 2021: The Oxford High School Shooting

The Oxford High School shooting happened on Nov. 30, 2021. It began at about 12:51 p.m. as the shooter emerged from a school bathroom and began shooting. 

Dispatch centers began receiving hundreds of 911 calls at 12:52 p.m. 

Justin Shilling, 17, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Hana St. Juliana, 14, were killed in the shooting. Seven other people, including a teacher, were injured. 

Prosecution seek at least 10 years in prison for James and Jennifer Crumbley 03:00

Authorities took the shooter into custody at 1 p.m.

Dec. 1, 2021: Oxford shooter charged as adult 

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Oxford High School shooter, who was 15 years old at the time of the shooting, was charged as an adult. 

He was charged with one count of terrorism causing, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while committing a felony. 

Dec. 4, 2021: Parents found after prosecutor issues charges

Authorities found James and Jennifer Crumbley inside an art studio in an industrial building in Detroit on Dec. 4. Officials accused the parents of fleeing after it was announced that charges were going to be issued against them. 

Their attorneys claimed James and Jennifer Crumbley didn't intend to flee. 

They were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter for their role in the shooting. 

March 1, 2022: Shooter stays in Oakland County Jail 

Oakland County Judge Kwame Rowe rejected a request for the shooter to be transferred to Children's Village, a facility for teens, and ruled that the shooter would remain at the Oakland County Jail. 

Rowe said a transfer was risky for other individuals at Children's Village and would burden the understaffed workers. 

The shooter's basic needs were being met, and he was being kept separate from the adult inmates. A hearing like this is held each month for minor defendants who are being held in adult jails. 

June 22, 2022: Parents to face charges, judge rules 

A judge ruled that James and Jennifer Crumbley would face involuntary manslaughter charges despite their attempts to quash them. 

Oct. 24, 2022: Shooter pleads guilty

The shooter withdrew his intent to pursue an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to all charges against him on Oct. 24, 2022. 

Judge announces Oxford High School shooter can be sentenced to life without parole 09:53

Aug. 17, 2023: Shooter's Miller hearing concludes

The final day of the shooter's Miller hearing took place on August 17. This hearing was held to determine if the shooter could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Sept. 29, 2023: Shooter will get to life in prison, no parole

After his Miller hearing, Judge Kwame Rowe ruled that the shooter would be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole

Oct. 3, 2023: Crumbley parents to stand trial 

It was determined that James and Jennifer Crumbley would stand trial after the Michigan Supreme Court denied an appeal on behalf of the parents to have their case tossed. 

Nov. 13, 2023: Parents granted separate trials

James and Jennifer Crumbley were granted separate trials after their attorneys claimed it was necessary to "avoid prejudice" and "promote fairness." 

Oxford High School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole 13:28

Dec. 8, 2023: Shooter formally sentenced 

The Oxford High School shooter was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole

Jan. 23, 2024: Trial of Jennifer Crumbley begins

Jury selection for Jennifer Crumbley's trial began on Jan. 23, and the first day of testimony was Jan. 25. 

The mother's trial began with her attorney, Shannon Smith, quoting Taylor Swift lyrics during her opening statements and was followed by a debate over whether or not the shooter and his psychiatrists would testify

Several people testified, including a woman who owned the farm where Jennifer Crumbley boarded her horses, a former coworker, the shooter's school counselor and the former dean of students, who said he had no "reasonable suspicion" to search the shooter's backpack during a meeting they had with his parents the morning of the shooting. 

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald shares thoughts on Crumbley parent trials 07:30

Feb. 1, 2024: Jennifer Crumbley takes the stand

Jennifer Crumbley took the stand in her trial. She testified about her affair with Brian Meloche, said she didn't believe her son needed therapy for his mental health and placed blame on her husband James, who she said was responsible for purchasing and storing the gun. 

Feb. 6, 2024: Jennifer Crumbley found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

A jury found Jennifer Crumbley guilty of all four counts of involuntary manslaughter after deliberating for 11 hours. 

Feb. 22, 2024: Judge denies James Crumbley's request for venue change

A judge denied James Crumbley's request for a change of venue for his involuntary manslaughter trial. His attorney argued that he couldn't get a fair trial in Oakland County after his wife's trial. 

March 5, 2024: Trial of James Crumbley begins 

Jury selection for the trial of James Crumbley began on March 5. After the jury was seated, several of the same people called to testify during his wife's trial were also called to testify in his trial. 

A witness called who didn't testify in his wife's trial was David Metzke, a Detroit officer who responded to the Detroit building where James and Jennifer were found.

James Crumbley's attorney speaks out on the case 05:38

March 14, 2024: James Crumbley found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

After a nearly week-long trial, a jury found James Crumbley guilty on all four counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

April 3, 2024: Prosecutors seek 10 to 15 years for parents

The prosecution asked for 10 to 15 years in prison for James and Jennifer Crumbley, according to court documents submitted on April 3. 

In addition to this, Jennifer Crumbley requested to serve her sentence at her attorney's guest house, and the prosecution released threatening jail calls James Crumbley made against Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald. 

April 9: James and Jennifer Crumbley sentenced

On Tuesday, April 9, Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews sentenced Jennifer and James Crumbley each to 10 to 15 years in prison. They were given credit for 858 days served. 

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