Michael Carneal School Shooter

Michael Carneal was a fourteen year old from Kentucky when he would murder three students during a school shooting

According to court documents Carneal would bring a rifle wrapped in a blanket to Heath High School where he would shoot and kill three students and injuring five more

Michael would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to multiple life sentences however he is eligible for parole in twenty five years

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Where is Michael Carneal now

Michael Carneal is incarcerated at Kentucky State Reformatory

When is Michael Carneal release date

Michael Carneal is serving a life sentence however is eligible for parole now

Michael Carneal Case

On the morning of Dec. 1, 1997, then 14-year-old Michael Carneal arrived at Heath High School. While many thought it would be normal day, Carneal entered the school carrying a pistol, loaded clips, shot gun shells, and hundreds of .22 rounds, along with two shotguns and two rifles wrapped in a blanket. He told his sister the blanket was holding a school project.

He then approached and opened fire on a group of students praying. He killed three teenage girls and hurt five other classmates. Carneal then dropped the pistol and surrendered to the school’s principal.

He pleaded guilty a year later, and was sentenced to life in prison. He was also required to receive mental health care while in prison.

Investigators say Carneal had been bullied, and suffered from paranoia. After the shooting, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and had to be hospitalized several times due to psychosis.

In 2012, Carneal attempted to withdraw his plea, saying he was mentally ill at the time he made it. A month later, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request, stating he could have acted sooner.

He is up for parole in 2023.

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