Kentucky Teen Pleads Guilty to Killing Two Classmates

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The former Kentucky high school student charged with killing two classmates and injuring more than a dozen others during a shooting on Jan. 23, 2018, pleaded guilty to all charges Tuesday, reports WKMS Radio. Gabriel Ross Parker, now 18, accepted a plea offer that included a life sentence for the two murder charges and 70 years to serve for the 14 assault charges. Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson said the agreement acknowledges prosecutors’ opposition to probation, shock probation, or any form of early release.

Parker told police investigators he took the handgun used in the shooting from his stepfather’s bedroom closet, using a laundry basket to sneak it out of the room. He told police he had the gun in his bag when he went to school, pulled it out and began firing into a commons area. Formal sentencing is scheduled for June 12. Tuesday’s hearing initially was scheduled to consider a continuation of the trial, which was set to begin June 1. The continuation would have been necessary due to a large number of obstacles created by social-distancing mandates as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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