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Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train'

PONTIAC, Mich. - The first parents convicted in a U.S. mass school shooting were sentenced to at least 10 years in prison Tuesday as a Michigan judge lamented missed opportunities that could have prevented their teenage son from possessing a gun and killing four students in 2021.

''These convictions are not about poor parenting,'' Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews said. ''These convictions confirm repeated acts, or lack of acts, that could have halted an oncoming runaway train."

The hearing in a crowded, tense courtroom was the climax of an extraordinary effort to make others besides the 15-year-old attacker criminally responsible for a school shooting.


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