Michael Carneal told a parole panel Tuesday that he heard voices 25 years ago telling him to shoot students at a high school in western Kentucky. He said he still hears those voices today.
Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman when he used a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol he had stolen from a neighbor to open fire in Heath High School, near Paducah, Kentucky, as students were gathered for a before-school prayer circle. It was one of the nation’s first school massacres. Carneal, now 39, is one of the only perpetrators to be considered for parole.
Carneal, who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder, attempted murder and burglary, was sentenced to life, but because of his age, he was entitled to be considered for parole after serving 25 years. He attempted to convince a two-person panel Tuesday he should be freed.
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His testimony came one day after victims of the shooting and their family members told board members in emotionally wrought testimony that he should serve the rest of his life sentence for killing three girls at Heath High School and wounding five other students.
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