Castle Rock, Colorado. (CBS4) – More than one year after the opening of the two shooters fire on students in the stem school, highlands ranch, one of the gunmen-teenagers Maya “Alex” McKinneywas sentenced to life imprisonment with possibility of parole.
Kendrick Castillo was killed may 7 shooting in the past year, trying to save the other students. Several other students were injured in the shelling.
“My wife and I will never be closing, we will never find peace,” father Kendrick, John Castillo said in the courtroom.
He and a few other stem families were in court as the judge sentenced McKinney to life in prison and 38 years, with the possibility of parole.
“This is what you can expect from our juvenile justice system… no more, no less. So it was there,” said Castillo.
Eighteenth judicial district attorney George Brauchler, who had the attitude, advocated the maximum sentence to be added more than 400 years to life sentence.
He wanted to send a message to the community and stated that the sentence imposed by the judge, does not.
“Kendrick Castillo was killed and was intent on killing everyone in this room. They pulled the trigger 13 times,” said Brauchler. “I wanted a sentence that reflects this intention and planning”.
Castillo says his son, his only child, was his life. Now, Kendrick has gone, he had to find new goals leading to the life activity safety school and the constant struggle for change.
“There must be an end, there needs to be justice, there must be defenders allowed to protect and people who disagree have to say, you need to be a voice,” said Castillo.
In September 2019, the judge found that the alleged accomplice of McKinney, 19-year-old Devon Ericsonresponsibility can be brought on 44 charges, which include murder and attempted murder.
Erickson pleaded not guilty in January to first-degree murder and 16 other charges. Erickson is scheduled to appear before the jury in September.