MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - The accused Marshall County High School shooter entered a guilty plea on Tuesday, April 28.
Gabe Parker was charged with two counts of murder and 14 counts of assault.
He withdrew a previous plea of not guilty and entered a guilty plea during the hearing via Skype. The hearing date was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Parker faces 70 years in prison for the assault charges to run concurrent with a life sentence for the murder charges.
His sentencing was set for June 12 at 1 p.m. There are some restrictions due to COVID-19, so the courtroom will only be at 1/3 capacity.
The charges stem from a deadly shooting at Marshall County High School in January 2018. Bailey Holt and Preston Cope died in the shooting.
Holt’s parents issued the following statement on Tuesday:
“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.”