Hearing set for February in case of Paducah school shooter

By The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - A high school shooter who killed three classmates and wounded five others in western Kentucky in 1997 will get a hearing in February to determine if a mental illness prevented him from appealing his guilty plea.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell on Friday set the hearing for the week of Feb. 7.

Michael Carneal, now 27, is serving a life sentence without chance of parole for at least 25 years for the shootings, which occurred when he was 14. He is eligible for parole in 2023.

He pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing three classmates and shooting five others at Heath High School near Paducah on Dec. 1, 1997.

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