Michigan high school gunman Ethan Crumbley’s parents had been in legal problems multiple times before their son’s shooting on Nov. 30.
According to court documents, James and Jennifer Crumbley have already been involved in legal issues, including driving under the influence in Florida. In connection with their son’s crime, they both face involuntary manslaughter accusations on Friday, Dec. 3.
On Feb. 12, 2005, James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged with DUI but did not enter a plea. According to internet filings in Duval County, Florida, they were fined $652 for each.
Jennifer was suspected in 2003 of creating a $150 cheque that was not worth anything. The case was later dismissed as a misdemeanor. According to the complaint, she was found guilty of the same conduct in 2004 and fined $240.
The Atlantic Beach Police Department also seized James’ vehicle for driving with a suspended license and incorrect tagging. He paid a fine of over $200.
James “briefly worked … as an independent contractor from February to July 2021” and “was terminated for reasons unrelated” to his son’s shooting, according to a representative from the San Francisco-based firm where his father last worked.
James was also in legal difficulty for not paying child support to his ex-wife, with whom he has an 18-year-old son, Eli, according to the News York Post.
According to police chief Michael Bouchard, James bought the 9mm Sig Sauer gun used in the shooting four days before Black Friday.
Ethan, 15, faces charges with first-degree murder, terrorism, assassination with an intention to murder, and 12 counts of handgun possession as an adult. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, he reportedly shot and killed four students at Oxford High School, injuring seven more.
Ethan Crumbley’s parents allegedly instructed him not to cooperate with investigators after his arrest. Sheriff Mike McCabe stated that police must obtain permission from the minor’s parents or guardians before speaking with him.