(RepublicanDaily.org) – In 2019, two Colorado students opened fire in a classroom, killing one fellow student and wounding eight other people. Devon Michael Erickson and Maya McKinney allegedly targeted transphobic students who had bullied McKinney for their gender orientation. McKinney was born a biological female who identifies as male. On Friday, September 17, a Denver court handed down a sentence in Erickson’s trial.
Following a lengthy and emotional court case, Judge Theresa Slade sentenced Erickson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was convicted of 46 charges, including first-degree murder, in June of this year. Judge Slade told Erickson, now 20 years old, he had shown no remorse when carrying out his crimes.
Maya McKinney (also known as Alec McKinney) received a life sentence earlier this year after pleading guilty to 16 counts, including first-degree murder. Because McKinney was a minor at the time of the incident, they will be eligible to apply for parole after serving 20 years.
Erickson and McKinney entered a classroom where other students watched a movie with weapons drawn, coming in through different doors. When Erickson’s weapon jammed, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo attempted to intervene and sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.
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