James Crumbley’s Threats Against Prosecutor Released Before Sentencing

During phone calls from jail over a seven month period, James Crumbley, the Oxford shooter’s dad, repeatedly threatened the Oakland County Prosecutor, Karen McDonald.

A 52-page memorandum detailing his behavior “showed a complete lack of remorse and disrespect for the court proceedings,” prosecutors said.

  • According to the prosecution’s sentencing memo filed Wednesday, James Crumbley repeatedly referred to McDonald as “that f—— stupid w—- b—-,” and at times addressed his comments directly to her, stating: “Yeah, YOU f—— Karen McDonald. You’re a f—— stupid b—-. I hope you’re listening to this, you f—— b—-.”
  • “Yeah, Karen McDonald, you’re going down. … Go ahead, record this call. Send it to Karen McDonald. Tell her how James Crumbley is going to f—— take her down,” James Crumbley said in an Oct. 9, 2023, jail call, five months before his trial started.
  • “There will be retribution, believe me,” he says in another call on Dec. 23, 2023.
  • “Yeah, f—— Karen McDonald. You’re f—– when I get out,” he said in a Dec. 20, 2023, jail call.
  • “Well, she’s going to be f—— sucking on a f—— hot rock down in hell soon,” he said in a Dec. 6, 2022, jail call — more than a year before his trial.
  • “I am f—— on a rampage, Karen. Yes, Karen McDonald. Your ass is going down and you better be f—— scared,” he said in a Jan. 3 jail phone call, just months before he went to trial.

On March 7, the judge revoked James Crumbley’s jail communication privileges — though he continued his antics in a different way, prosecutors said. After his communications were cut off, they claim, James Crumbley flipped off the prosecution in court.

The details were released on Wednesday in a sentencing memo from the prosecutors, who are asking for 10-15 years for James and Jennifer Crumbley when they both are sentenced on Tuesday. Both Crumbleys were convicted of involuntary manslaughter for their role in their son’s shooting that killed four classmates.

McDonald is hoping to use the threats against Crumbley to increase the recommended sentencing from the state of 43-86 months, or maximum of approximately seven years, to 10-15 years.

Prosecutors argue that Crumbley has taken no responsibility for his actions, and cited from Crumbley’s statement in a presentencing report:

“My son carried out a school shooting on Nov. 30th 2021. He was the ONLY one involved. I had no knowledge of what he was going to do, or presented with ANY warning signs. I absolutely had no knowledge that he had ever obtained access to my gun…”

“I have spent 2 years and 4 months in a county jail. The first 9 months I was locked in for 23 ½ hours a day. The rest of the time I’ve spent in a single man cell 23 hours per day. I’ve only been allowed outside 10 times during this 2.4 yr period. I feel the Court should allow me time served.”

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