A transsexual teenager in Colorado admitted to participating in a shooting at a rented school in the Denver area last year that killed a student and injured eight others in life imprisonment in addition to an additional 38 years.
Alec McKinney, 17, was sentenced in the Douglas County Courthouse to shoot at the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on May 7, 2019.
Another 19-year-old partner in the shooting, Devon Erickson, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and faces trial in September.
In February, McKinney pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, and related charges. As a juvenile guilty, McKinney is eligible for parole after 40 years under Colorado law.
Before the verdict, McKinney, who sends sighly to the victims, apologized and said he was responsible for the pain he had caused.
“I don’t want a lighter sentence,” said McKinney.
Police said an 18-year-old student, Kendrick Castillo, was killed when she accused a archer. Eight of his colleagues were wounded, one of whom was shot by a security guard.
During the sentencing session, Castello’s father, John Castillo, described McKinney as a coward and said he only shed “crocodile tears.”
“These are real tears,” he said. “His voice was suffocated with affection.” I owe you hell.
The baby, McKinney, admitted planning to shoot at the school in retaliation for her schoolmates for the bullying, according to an arrest warrant.
Police said McKinney and Ericsson consumed cocaine and stole three pistols and a rifle belonging to Ericsson parents before storming the school.
Erikson, who prosecutors say shot Castillo, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole if he is convicted of a first degree murder when he was an adult at the time of the crime.