The parents of a teenager accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter Friday.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley at a news conference.
“While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to the events on Nov. 30, and it’s my intent to hold them accountable as well,” McDonald said.
She added, “Gun ownership is a right, and with that right comes great responsibility.”
James Crumbley purchased the weapon days before the shooting, according to the sheriff. McDonald told reporters that James Crumbley brought the suspect, Ethan Crumbley, with him to the store.
Under Michigan law, an involuntary manslaughter charge can be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation in which harm or death was high. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, in the shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.