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Remorseless Colorado school shooter, 20, who killed one and wounded eight when he opened fire at STEM school is jailed for more than a THOUSAND years

 A Colorado gunman who killed a classmate and wounded eight others during a 2019 school shooting was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Devon Erickson, 20, was also sentenced by a Douglas County District Court judge to an additional 1,282 years for attempted murder and other charges stemming from the 2019 shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Erickson is the second person sent to prison for the shooting rampage. Alec McKinney, who aided in the shooting, pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related charges.

Erickson was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Kendrick Castillo, 18, one of three students who rushed to intervene when he burst into a classroom wielding a handgun.

During Friday's five-hour sentencing hearing, Judge Teresa Slade listened to statements from victims, including Castillo´s parents.

Fighting back sobs, Castillo's mother, Maria, told the judge that the grief she feels for losing her only child was unbearable.

'Grant no mercy to this evil killer,' she told the judge.

Erickson, who was 18 at the time of the shootings, declined to speak at the sentencing, and Slade told him his lack of remorse throughout the proceedings compelled her to impose the additional years to his sentence.

Erickson was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Kendrick Castillo, 18. Pictured is Erickson in a court appearance in 2019

Erickson was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Kendrick Castillo, 18. Pictured is Erickson in a court appearance in 2019

Erickson was also sentenced by a Douglas County District Court judge to an additional 1,282 years for attempted murder. Pictured is Erickson and his defense in court on Friday

Erickson was also sentenced by a Douglas County District Court judge to an additional 1,282 years for attempted murder. Pictured is Erickson and his defense in court on Friday 

Kendrick Castillo, 18, was one of three students who rushed to intervene when he burst into a classroom wielding a handgun. Castillo died in the attack

Kendrick Castillo, 18, was one of three students who rushed to intervene when he burst into a classroom wielding a handgun. Castillo died in the attack 

For the major part of the sentencing, he kept his head down and only showed emotion when his relatives gave their statements.   

'The first time I see any kind of emotion from you is today... When your family is talking about the things that you were going to lose. The things you had before this,' said the judge. 

Erickson's mother listed his difficulties at school and challenges at home as possible reason behind his actions on May 7, 2019, but the judge was firm on her stance.  

'This isn't your mom's fault. You had options to change this course and you didn't,

'I haven't seen and haven't heard that you've accepted responsibility for this,' she told him.

Slade mentioned in her statement letters she had received from across the state and the world of people compelled by the case. 

'Thirteen-year-olds who are afraid to go to the restroom because they were hiding in the stall afraid that they were going to be killed. 

'Fifteen-year-olds who are scared to go to their own rooms because of the nightmares from May 7.

'Nineteen-year-olds who changed their college plans because they are scared to be in a classroom with only one exit.

'Twenty-one-year-olds who are  afraid of the dark because they were stuck in a locked down room with no windows, hearing gun shots... you did that,' she said. 


Alec McKinney, who aided in the shooting, pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related charges

Alec McKinney, who aided in the shooting, pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related charges

The May 2019 shooting took place in Colorado's STEM School in Highlands Ranch

The May 2019 shooting took place in Colorado's STEM School in Highlands Ranch

Police officers, first responders and students are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch

Police officers, first responders and students are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch

STEM school shooting suspect Devon Erickson appears in court
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Erickson and his accomplice Alec McKinney - who previously admitted the same charges - walked into the STEM School in Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019 carrying handguns and other weapons hidden in guitar cases. Both killers attended the school at the time.

Students in that room were watching The Princess Bride as part of their British literature studies

Castillo and two friends jumped up from their desks and shoved Erickson against a wall. Erickson fired off several rounds, and fatally struck Castillo, who was later hailed as a hero for his courageous actions.

Erickson is said to have been a chronic drug abuser at the time, with his substance abuse said to have left him unable to think clearly.

He was charged with a total of 48 counts, including 31 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In previous interviews, fellow students say they are angry about red flags they claim were missed in relation to Erickson, and a former student said Erickson would bully younger students and had previously made jokes about shooting up the school.

Defense toxicologist Wanda Guidry testified that Erickson's drug abuse, malnourishment, and long-term sleep deprivation and insomnia meant he 'couldn't think, concentrate or understand' what was going on on the day of the shooting.

'I believe it created psychiatric symptoms... disruption in mood, behavior and thinking,' Guidry said of the drugs found in Erickson´s system hours after the shooting. 'He had a very difficult time figuring out or thinking of what he needed to do, what was right or what he wanted to do.' 

McKinney, who is transgender, testified against Erickson at his trial, and was sentenced to life plus 38 years in prison.

Because McKinney was a juvenile at the time of the crime, he could be eligible to apply for parole after serving 40 years.    

Students are evacuated from the Recreation Center at Northridge in Highlands Ranch after a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019

Students are evacuated from the Recreation Center at Northridge in Highlands Ranch after a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019

Terrified students were evacuated from the school after shots were fired

Terrified students were evacuated from the school after shots were fired

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