Published: June 16, 2021
-The Post Millennial
A former high school student charged with opening fire alongside a transgender accomplice on “transphobic” classmates at a Colorado charter school has been convicted of all 46 counts, including murder.
Leftists claimed that “oppressive society” and “a world designed to kill us” had driven McKinney to violence, alleging that he doesn’t deserve to be punished for his crimes because it wasn’t his fault that he committed the acts.
Instead, the social justice warriors advocated for the mass shooter to be able o “thrive as a trans person,” and that the courts should disregard the first-degree murder and 16 other counts to which he pleaded guilty.
McKinney told police while in custody that he had targeted three students who bullied him for being transgender, but that he also wanted to make every student suffer like he had, the Denver Post reported.
The verdict Tuesday came less than 24 hours after closing arguments at the trial. Erickson was found guilty of 46 charges, including criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree-extreme indifference, arson, and criminal mischief.
Kendrick Castillo, 18, who attempted to disarm Erickson when the gunman’s firearm jammed after several rounds, was killed in the shooting.
“I’m sure he was looking down today,” the dead teen’s father John Castillo told reporters, noting that he felt Kendrick helped the jurors make the final decision. “I believe, I feel, he was with us,” he stated, calling the day “justice” for Kendrick.
The bereaved father testified at McKinsney’s sentencing hearing, stressing that he wanted the convicted murderer to receive the maximum sentence possible. McKinney was remorseful, telling the judge that he didn’t want leniency.
“I don’t deserve to come home,” McKinney said at the time, recognizing his wrongdoings and countering leftist narrative online.