By Drew Taylor and CNN Staff • Updated 5th July 2016
Ethan Crumbley’s family, who are asking for “halt to the violence,” are facing involuntary manslaughter charges over a school shooting that claimed his life.
The the way the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled is that all 10 suspects in the shooting of the seventh-grader will face state charges. Charges of assault with intent to murder and felonious assault against seven other suspects were dropped.
Tearful parents of the victim’s eighth-grade classmates read emotional statements to the court about how the school shooting has impacted them. They said that Ethan ruined their lives.
The school shooting took place in October 2014 at Saginaw Township’s Loomis Agricultural Middle School, where Ethan was a student.
At the time of the shooting, his parents said they feared the shooting, “could have been my child,” according to CNN affiliate WNEM.
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Golden, the 13-year-old who killed Ethan, was charged with murder but later pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
In October 2014, police arrested and charged Andrew Golden, who turned the gun in to authorities. Investigators believe Golden pointed the gun at several students before Ethan Crumbley was shot.
Golden pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a November court plea agreement.
He was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge but will be eligible for parole after serving two years.
The fatal shooting of Ethan Crumbley changed the way the gunman’s crimes were prosecuted in Michigan, as the state changed its law after that incident to allow the alternative charge of involuntary manslaughter.
It took some time for the change to be enforced, but it was eventually used to charge Golden and the other 10 suspects, who were all juveniles at the time of the shooting.
The late-October 2014 shooting still had repercussions for a lot of students and teachers at the school.
Crumbley’s classmates posted dozens of condolences on a memorial near the school. Some had trouble going back to school after the shooting.
Another student, Tyler Kismos, said he was constantly afraid about who could be taking over his locker at school.