Devon Erickson, 20, was convicted of first-degree homicide within the capturing dying of classmate Kendrick Castillo, together with 45 different prices in reference to the 2019 assault at STEM Faculty Highlands Ranch.
Castillo, 18, was hailed as a hero for attempting to cease Erickson’s lethal bloodbath, which additionally injured eight individuals.
A jury discovered Erickson partnered with fellow scholar Alec McKinney to plan the assault for weeks. McKinney testified he wished to focus on college students who mocked him as a result of he was transgender.
Decide Theresa Michelle Slade added lots of of years to Erickson’s necessary life sentence after listening to prolonged and emotional testimony from survivors.
“I don’t assume there may be something I can say to you, Mr. Erickson, that may make any distinction,” Slade mentioned, including the shooter by no means tried to elucidate his actions.
Erickson was stone-faced as the decision was learn, however his voice broke when the decide requested him if he wished to talk, proper after his members of the family testified that they liked him.
McKinney was sentenced to life in jail final 12 months, however may very well be eligible for parole after 20 years since he was a juvenile.
The 2 shooters focused a darkish classroom the place college students had been watching a film. They entered by way of separate doorways to maximise the carnage, and deliberate to have McKinney die, both by suicide or by the hands of his cohort, in line with prosecutors.
The bloodbath was thwarted when Castillo and two different college students, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy, charged Erickson as his gun jammed. McKinney was arrested by a safety guard.
“He killed Kendrick, and he didn’t care,” Jones mentioned in court docket. “I’d implore you to place him in jail for so long as you possibly can.”
“The defendant is a loser,” Bialy mentioned. “He walked right into a classroom, armed, with weak college students, and he misplaced.”
Erickson’s father, Jim Erickson, learn aloud the names of the victims and apologized to the neighborhood.
“We pray for these individuals every single day,” he mentioned by way of tears.