ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by : Emma Clayfield
Gabriel Parker, now 18, is known to the public as the teenager who killed two of his classmates and injured several others, when he opened fire at his school in 2018.
On Friday Parker faced the might of the law, as is sentence finally came to pass. Parker was handed two(2) life sentences and will receive an additional 70 years in prison for 14 counts of assault in connection with the shooting at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23, 2018.
Parker was 15 when he opened fire with a handgun at the high school, killing Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15.
Bailey Holt’s parents are speaking now — staring off by sharing their favorite memories of their daughter, who was killed by Gabriel Parker during a school shooing. #ParkerSentencing https://t.co/VnS2SbYCTY— Brianna Clark (@Brianna___Clark) June 12, 2020
Sheriff’s deputies disarmed and took Parker into custody after the shooting at the high school in Benton. He was charged as an adult.
He will be eligible for parole in 20 years, according to the station. Parker pleaded guilty in April to two counts of murder and 14 counts of assault.
Gabriel Parker will have the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 20 years in prison. https://t.co/0LO5iwIeAv— wave3news (@wave3news) June 12, 2020
Dennis Foust, the commonwealth’s attorney for Marshall County, told the Courier-Journal newspaper of Louisville that he hoped the sentence would allow the community to start healing and provide some closure.