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Who is Devon Erickson?
Devon Erickson was found guilty in June of all 46 charges against him, including the murder in the death of Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old hailed as a hero for trying to stop the attack on a classroom at STEM School Highlands Ranch south from Denver. . Eight other students were injured.
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Prosecutors said Erickson, now 20, partnered with fellow student Alec McKinney in the May 7, 2019 shooting. Since Erickson was 18 years old and an adult at the time of the shooting, he faces a mandatory life imprisonment.
McKinney, who was 16 years old and a minor at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to life in prison last year but may be eligible for parole after about 20 years in prison under a juvenile delinquent program.
Friday’s sentencing hearing allows victims and their families to report back to the court on what they have suffered as a result of the attack.
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Erickson and McKinney targeted a classroom of high school students who were sitting in the dark, watching a movie at the end of their senior year. The two entered through separate doors to maximize the number of students they could kill, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said that Erickson and McKinney concocted a “victim-hero”
that McKinney would be killed or assassinated by Erickson.
The shootings stopped when Castillo and two other students, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy, charged at Erickson, whose gun jammed after he fired four shots. McKinney was stopped by a school security guard.
Defense attorneys argued that Erickson was pressured to participate by McKinney, who testified against Erickson after pleading guilty last year. The defense also suggested that Castillo was accidentally shot while he was pushing Erickson against a wall.
Despite the mandatory life sentence for Erickson, prosecutors asked that a report be prepared recommending sentencing and summarizing the evidence presented at trial. That information could help deter a future governor who could possibly consider clemency for Erickson, according to District Attorney John Kellner.
A former high school student convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in a 2019 shooting attack inside a Denver suburban high school that killed one student and injured eight others will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole on Friday. .
After the shooting, McKinney told investigators that he planned the attack for weeks and that he intended to target his classmates who repeatedly taunted him because he was transgender, according to court documents.
At his sentencing hearing last year, McKinney said he did not want leniency and urged anyone planning a school shooting to seek help. But he also suggested that the shooting was Erickson’s idea.