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Springfield school shooter loses appeal

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Kip Kinkel's 111-year sentence for the 1998 mass shooting at Thurston High School does not violate his constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted: May 10, 2018 12:28 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 7:57 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Kip Kinkel has lost an appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court, where he had sought reduction of the 111-year sentence he received for a 1998 mass shooting at a Springfield high school.

The court ruled Thursday that the sentence does not violate Kinkel's constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment, even though the law shields minors in many cases from life sentences. Kinkel was 15 at the time of the shooting.

Kinkel, now 35, killed two and wounded 26 others in May, 1998, at Thurston High School, after killing his parents the day before.

It was among the first school attacks in recent decades to seize the national spotlight, and predated prominent incidents around the country that spurred a broader focus on school violence.

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