Kentucky school shooter imprisoned 25 years seeks parole

A two-day parole hearing has been scheduled for Michael Carneal. He was convicted in the 1997...
A two-day parole hearing has been scheduled for Michael Carneal. He was convicted in the 1997 Heath High School shooting that killed three students and injured five others.(Kentucky Department of Corrections)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 5:36 AM CDT
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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man who killed three students and injured five more in a school shooting a quarter century ago has a chance at parole this week.

Michael Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman in 1997 when he fired a stolen pistol at a before-school prayer group in the lobby of Heath High School, near Paducah.

In one of the few interviews he has given since then, he told the Courier Journal in 2002 that he was suffering from delusions and paranoia.

Carneal’s parole hearing starts Monday with testimony from his victims.

On Tuesday, Carneal will make his case for release.

If the board rules against him, they can decide how long Carneal should wait before his next opportunity to seek parole.