Sentencing begins Thursday for Freeman High School shooter

SPOKANE, Wash. — Sentencing for the Freeman High School shooter will finally begin on Thursday.

It has been nearly five years since Caleb Sharpe opened fire at the school, killing 15-year-old Sam Strahan and shooting three others students.

Sharpe pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in January, though he admitted to the shooting during interviews shortly after it happened. His formal plea came right before he was set to go to trial.

Sharpe’s case has been drawn out for several years for a variety of reasons. It took two years for lawyers to prepare for his declination hearing, which is when a judge ruled he would be tried as an adult.

Shortly after that, his attorney Bevan Maxey left the case as Sharpe’s family could not afford his fees.

His trial was pushed back even further as public defenders took his case and needed time to prepare.

Last fall, a judge denied Sharpe’s motion to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

His sentencing has also been extremely delayed, but will finally begin Thursday. Over the course of several days, victims and experts will testify once again.

One of those victims, Strahan’s mother Ami, previously told 4 News Now she hopes Sharpe will get the maximum sentence.

The court is expected to make a decision on Friday, August 19.

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