Alec McKinney, the 17-year-old who opened fireplace inside a classroom at STEM College Highlands Ranch final 12 months, shall be sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Courtroom.
Supplied by Maria Castillo through InstagramKendrick Castillo
In February, McKinney pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide and 16 different prices for his position within the Might 7, 2019, taking pictures that killed 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and injured eight others.
A decide in December dominated McKinney can be tried as an grownup, however since he was 16 on the time of the taking pictures, he can’t be sentenced to demise or to life with out parole.
He faces faces a minimal sentence of life imprisonment with the potential for parole after 40 years and a most penalty that might add 408 extra years to the life sentence.
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McKinney’s co-defendant, Devon Erickson, is scheduled to face trial in September on the identical prices. Since he was 18 at time of the alleged offenses, he faces a most sentence of life with out parole.
McKinney’s complete life got here earlier than the courtroom, the victims and the general public at a earlier listening to on whether or not to switch his case again to juvenile courtroom — a life replete with an abusive father, an absentee mom and medicines at dwelling. The teenager struggled together with his sexuality, substance use and faculty work, turning into angrier at his lack of acceptance, witnesses testified.
He started to supply his homicidal ideas on social media, and located a companion in Erickson, whose protection attorneys say was bullied into participating in final 12 months’s assault.
McKinney advised police after the taking pictures that he particularly focused three college students who had bullied him for being transgender, however that he additionally needed to make all the scholars within the college undergo like he had.
The 2 youngsters broke into Erickson’s dad and mom’ gun secure and stole firearms, they advised investigators. They then set a automotive on fireplace in Erickson’s storage earlier than driving to the varsity, carrying the weapons in a backpack and a guitar case. There, they introduced the weapons into an English class and opened fireplace, in keeping with their arrest affidavits.