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Posted on: August 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] County Prosecutor Provides Statement on Sharpe Sentencing

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – On Friday afternoon, Spokane Superior Court Judge Michael Price held a sentencing hearing in the matter of State of Washington v. Caleb J. Sharpe. The day prior, the Court heard and accepted the impact statements of the surviving school shooting victims and their parents. The Court also heard from the mother of the only child that was killed by Caleb Sharpe on that day in September of 2017.  

In front of a courtroom that included family, friends, on-lookers, and local media, the Judge made a complete record of all the testimony, exhibits, briefing by the attorneys, and expert opinions that he heard, saw, read, and considered. At the end of the Judges remarks, he sentenced Caleb Sharpe to an indeterminate sentence of 40 years to life, with credit for the nearly 5 years he has spent under County detention.

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell provided this statement following the sentencing: 

“I’d like to thank all the County, Spokane City, State, and Federal agents that responded to, investigated, interviewed, and helped the students and parents on the day of the shooting. I thank them for their support and assistance throughout the entire legal process.

I’d also like to thank the entire Freeman community for their patience, understanding, and willingness to help, whether direct victims or not, with whatever was needed along the way, demonstrating they are truly “Freeman Strong!”

The Court, Clerk’s office, and Detention Services also deserve recognition for their support, guidance, and facilitation of the unique needs and demands during a case of this magnitude.

Finally, I’d like to give my heart-felt gratitude to all my staff, both past and present, for their constant attention to the interests and support of the victims, family members, and the Freeman community.

Hopefully, there will soon be a sense of closure and the beginning of a healing process for all involved.  It won’t be easy and it won’t be a straight path. My hope is that in the end, the victims, families, and members of the Freeman community will persevere and succeed in ensuring that what was done will never, ever, serve the purpose for which this senseless act of violence was intended.”

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