Transgender teen sentenced to life in jail for lethal Colorado college capturing

Denver, July 25

A Colorado transgender teenager who admitted to participating in a capturing at a Denver-area constitution college final 12 months that left one scholar useless and eight others wounded was sentenced on Friday to life in jail plus a further 38 years.

Alec McKinney, 17, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court for the capturing on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on May 7, 2019.

A 19-year-old co-defendant within the capturing, Devon Erickson, has pleaded not responsible to homicide and different fees and faces trial in September.

In February, McKinney pleaded responsible to homicide, tried homicide, conspiracy and associated fees. As a juvenile offender, McKinney is eligible for parole after 40 years below Colorado legislation.

Before sentencing, a sobbing McKinney apologised to the victims and stated he took accountability for the ache he prompted.

“I don’t want a lighter sentence,” McKinney stated.

An 18-year-old scholar, Kendrick Castillo, was killed when he charged one of many shooters, police stated. Eight of his classmates have been wounded, one from a bullet fired by a safety guard.

During the emotional sentencing listening to, Castillo’s father, John Castillo, known as McKinney a coward and stated he shed solely “crocodile tears.”

“These are real tears,” Castillo stated, his voice choked with emotion. “I condemn you to hell.”

McKinney, born feminine, has admitted plotting the college capturing as revenge on classmates over bullying, in response to an arrest warrant affidavit.

McKinney and Erickson consumed cocaine and stole three handguns and a rifle belonging to Erickson’s dad and mom earlier than storming the college, police stated.

Erickson, who prosecutors stated shot Castillo, faces a compulsory life sentence with out the opportunity of parole if convicted of first-degree homicide as he was an grownup on the time of the crime. Reuters

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