Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley’s parents — who may be hit with charges in connection with the massacre — have both faced legal trouble before, including for driving under the influence in Florida, according to court records.
According to online records in Duval County, Florida, James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged with DUI on Feb. 12, 2005, pleaded no contest and were fined $652 each.
James was also busted by the Atlantic Beach Police Department for driving with a suspended license and having an improper tag. He paid a fine of more than $200.
A few years earlier in 2003, Jennifer was accused of writing a worthless check for $150, but the misdemeanor case was later dismissed. She committed the same offense in 2004 and was fined $240, according to the records.
Meanwhile, James also got embroiled in legal trouble over child-support payments to his ex-wife, with whom he shares 18-year-old son Eli, Ethan’s half-brother, the Daily Beast reported.
The father’s last employer was San Francisco-based Monarch, which provides GPS tracking to the transportation industry, a company spokesman told the Daily Beast.
James “briefly worked … as an independent contractor from February to July 2021” and “was terminated for reasons unrelated” to his son’s case, the rep told the outlet.
The couple’s son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, terrorism, assault with the intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm after allegedly gunning down four students and injuring seven others at Oxford High School on Tuesday.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said at a press conference Wednesday that her office is also weighing charges against the teen’s parents.
James purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer used in the shooting just four days earlier on Black Friday, Sheriff Michael Bouchard has said.
Investigators say the boy’s parents advised him not to speak to authorities following his arrest. Police must get permission from a juvenile’s parents or guardian in order to speak with them, Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.