“There have been no plea deals, no reductions and no sentencing deals,” 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 during the violent rampage but were not killed or injured, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told The Washington Post in December 2021.
Michigan’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 defines terrorism as an act that is “intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence or affect the conduct of the government or a governmental entity through intimidation or coercion.”
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 face allegations that they ignored warning signs in their son’s behavior and failed to secure the gun their son used, which investigators said was kept in an unlocked drawer in their bedroom. They pleaded not guilty in 2021 and in July filed a motion to have the case against them thrown out, arguing that they should never have been charged because their son is solely responsible for killing four people.
In January, Ethan Crumbley’s attorneys said they would pursue an insanity defense, according to a notice they filed obtained by The Associated Press.
At the time of the November 2021 shooting, it appeared to be the deadliest episode of campus violence in the United States in more than 18 months.
Timothy Bella, Kim Bellware, Meryl Kornfield and Annabelle Timsit contributed to this report.