Prof. Rogerson and Sister Speak Out After Historic Sentencing of Oxford High School Shooter's Parents

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Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson and her sister, Mary Mueller, the parent of a student who survived the November 2021 mass shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan made several media appearances following the sentencing of Jennifer and James Crumbley, parents of the shooter, who killed four classmates using a gun from their home.

Rogerson and Mueller spoke on ABC News, CNN, NBC, NewsNation, and Scripps News Morning Rush following the sentencing on April 9, 2024. They also published an op-ed on CNN Opinion sharing their experience and presenting thoughtful solutions to combat community gun violence. 

The Crumbley verdict was the first time the parents of a mass shooter were held legally responsible for a shooting committed by their child. Jurors found both parents guilty of involuntary manslaughter. They received the maximum sentence of 10-15 years including time served.  The shooter was sentenced to life in prison in December 2023. 

Mueller’s son, Elijah, was shot in the face. He survived but the shooter killed four students and wounded seven others, making it the worst mass shooting in Michigan’s history. 

Mueller and Rogerson have used their shared perspective as Elijah’s family and their individual perspectives, Mueller as the survivor’s parent and Rogerson has as an expert on the law, to offer a unique perspective on mass shootings and the last effects they have on communities, families, and individuals. 

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