SPOKANE, Wash. – The man who shot and killed three people at a Moses Lake school back in 1996 is scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning.
In 1996, Barry Loukaitis shot and killed two classmates and a teacher at a Moses Lake Junior High. At the time, he was sentenced to two life sentences and another 205 years without the possibility of parole. Loukaitis will be back in court for a re-sentencing hearing.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled teenagers younger than 16 cannot be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Loukaitis was 14-years-old when he was given two life sentences. Under the new ruling he has to go back before a judge to be re-sentenced.
The decision on when he will be released will ultimately be up to the judge but it is extremely unlikely he would be released. The prosecution is asking Loukaitis be sentenced to approximately 189 years. The defense is not arguing for Loukaitis to be released either.
Court documents say, "Mr. Loukaitis defers to the surviving victims and family members of victims as to the sentence the court will impose."
If the judge follows the recommendation of the prosecution, Loukaitis would spend the rest of his life in prison. The prosecution said multiple victims plan to get up and talk at the hearing. Each person is allowed to speak for 10 minutes due to time constraints. According to documents, Loukaitis will also address the court.
The re-sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Wednesday in Grant County and is expected to go all day.
KREM 2 will carry a live stream of the hearing on our website.
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