Pa. Supreme Court upholds sentencing for school stabber

Pa. Supreme Court upholds sentencing for school stabber
Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal was 16 when he stabbed over 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania during 2014. Some of the injuries his victims sustained were so extensive that external organs were exposed and facial features had become detached.

Hribal modeled his attack after Columbine by originally planning the attack for the 15th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th, 2014. However, there were no classes scheduled for that day so he moved the date up to April 9th, the birthday of Columbine coward Eric Harris. His parents were said to have known about Hribal’s Columbine obsession and did nothing about it.

When Hribal was apprehended by the Assistant Principal of the school, Hribal loudly exclaimed: “my work is not done, I have more people to kill.” He also referred to the other students at his school as plebians in a note left prior to the attack.

Of course, bullying was brought up as a possible motive but police explicitly stated that the attacks were not brought about by bullying.

Hribal was charged as an adult with 21 counts of attempted murder. In October of 2017, Hribal pleaded guilty to these charges and was sentenced to 23 to 60 years behind bars the following January.

Earlier today, May 4th, 2020 as I’m writing this, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal. Hribal’s attorney was appealing on the grounds that the sentence was too harsh for a juvenile and that Hribal suffered from depression and schizophrenia. A judge had ruled prior to the trial that Hribal could not plead guilty but mentally ill as the judge felt any mental illness that Hribal had did not preclude him from knowing right from wrong. The court wrote in their refusal “the petition for Allowance of Appeal is denied.” This effectively upholds the conviction and sentencing.

No complaints here. Hribal was another violent egomaniac that most school shooters and aggressors seem to be. If he had been charged as a juvenile, he’d already have been out for a year now that he’s 22. A three year sentence in juvenile detention is not justice for 21 counts of attempted murder. If he was armed with a gun and shot 21 students would we be arguing about his sentence? I highly doubt it.

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