Jane Scott, a parent whose child was at the school where a man opened fire, gave an emotional testimony at the sentencing of Brendan O'Rourke. He was sentenced to 189 years to life in court on Friday. Artie Ojeda reports.
The man convicted in shooting several bullets onto the playground of the Carlsbad school in October 2010 was sentenced to 189 years to life in prison.
Jurors determined that Brendan O’Rourke was legally sane when he shot at three girls ages 6 and 7 at Kelly Elementary School in 2010.
At the sentencing, Judge Aaron Katz heard victim statements from parents and staff.
“I never would have believed that our beautiful little school would become a crime scene,” said Jana Scott, a parent as well as a Kelly Elementary School teacher.
“I never would have believed that my 8-year-old son would literally be running for his life and then later testifying in an attempted murder trial.”
“I never would believe that I would come around the corner and see a trail of blood with a little tennis shoe laying in it,” she told the court.
O'Rourke was very emotional in the court room Friday when he was told he would spend the rest of his life in prison. He received 99 years to life, in addition to 90 years for the multiple charges.
“I place my faith in God and the government that the man that traumatized the school community will not have the opportunity to, in my daughter's words 'hurt people ever again,” parent Diana Handojo told the court.
On March 6, jurors convicted O'Rourke on seven counts of attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a firearm in connection with the shooting.
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