Devon Erickson, 20, was convicted of first-degree homicide in the taking pictures loss of life of classmate Kendrick Castillo, together with 45 different prices in reference to the 2019 assault at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Castillo, 18, was hailed as a hero for attempting to cease Erickson’s lethal bloodbath, which additionally injured eight folks.
A jury discovered Erickson partnered with fellow scholar Alec McKinney to plan the assault for weeks. McKinney testified he needed to goal college students who mocked him as a result of he was transgender.
Judge 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 think there is anything I can say to you, Mr. Erickson, that would make any difference,” Slade mentioned, including the shooter by no means tried to clarify his actions.
Erickson was stone-faced as the decision was learn, however his voice broke when the decide requested him if he needed to communicate, proper after his members of the family testified that they cherished him.
McKinney was sentenced to life in prison final 12 months, however might be eligible for parole after 20 years since he was a juvenile.
The two shooters focused a darkish classroom the place college students had been watching a film. They entered by way of separate doorways to maximize the carnage, and deliberate to have McKinney die, both by suicide or by the hands of his cohort, in accordance to 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 would implore you to put him in jail for as long as you can.”
“The defendant is a loser,” Bialy mentioned. “He walked into a classroom, armed, with vulnerable students, and he lost.”
Erickson’s father, Jim Erickson, learn aloud the names of the victims and apologized to the group.
“We pray for these people every day,” he mentioned by way of tears.