MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) — A teen accused in a deadly Kentucky school shooting two years ago that killed two teens and injured over a dozen has entered a guilty plea during a hearing Tuesday morning.
Gabriel Parker was 15-years-old when he opened fire and killed two teens and injured 18 at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, on the morning of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
The two students killed, Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, were just 15-years-old.
Parker is being charged as an adult on two counts of murder and 15 counts of assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12, 2020.
The family of Bailey Holt released a statement to News 2 on Tuesday afternoon:
Today was a victory for our family! Getting to hear the words “guilty” come out of Gabe Parker‘s mouth was something we have prayed for since this happened! We could never fully heal until we heard those very words. On behalf of our family, we would like to extend our gratitude and heartfelt thanks for everyone that has prayed for us and everyone else involved in this tragedy. Moving on to June 12, we will be able to address him as well as the other victims. We will never fully have closure as we have to live with the reality that Bailey will never be here on earth with us, however this small victory today will help our hearts heal a little and is definitely something we have needed for quite some time.