‘I’m sorry’: Freeman school shooter apologizes ahead of sentencing

Caleb Sharpe
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SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time since opening fire at Freeman High School, Caleb Sharpe apologized for what he did. 

Sharpe removed his mask on the last day of sentencing hearings to say sorry to his victims. 

“I’m sorry to the community. I’m sorry to Jordan, Gracie and Emma,” Sharpe said. “And most of all, I’m sorry to Ami and Emily for taking Sam from them. I know they are just words, but I mean them.” 

Sharpe said that awful day in September 2017 showed him the “cost of evil.” 

“I do not live my life for myself anymore,” he said. “I pray for forgiveness because God himself does forgive.”

Sharpe’s statement comes ahead of his sentencing as lawyers presented their closing statements.  

Friday’s hearing was emotional for many. Judge Michael Price allowed video from the day of the shooting to be shown in court. 

Ami Strahan, the mother of 15-year-old Sam Strahan who was killed at Freeman, had to leave the courtroom after watching it. 

“This isn’t an easy video watch,” Price said, adding that it is something the public needs to know. 

Some cried while others stared blankly after seeing the devastating footage.

Sharpe’s victims are asking for the maximum sentence, while his defense is asking for 20 years.

His official sentence will be handed down at 1:30 p.m.

Freeman Shooter Sentencing Day 1: Defense seeks 20 years, but prosecutors want at least 35

Freeman Shooter Sentencing Day 2: Doctor says Sharpe has low risk of recommitting violent crime

Freeman Shooter Sentencing Day 3: Sharpe’s family speaks for the first time

Freeman Shooter Sentencing Day 4: Doctor concerned Sharpe could develop personality disorder

Freeman Shooter Sentencing Day 5: Mother faces her son’s killer