Kip Kinkel transferred to adult prison for 1998 slayings


Kip Kinkel was transferred to an adult medium-security prison Monday to continue serving his nearly 112-year sentence for killing his parents and going on a shooting rampage at his high school cafeteria that left two more dead and 25 wounded.

Kinkel was transferred from MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn to the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem because he will be turning 25 on Aug. 30, and can no longer be held in a prison for juveniles, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Perrin Damon.

Kinkel will go through a standard evaluation for the next 30 days, and probably end up with a prison job and sharing a cell with one of the 886 other inmates, Damon said. The prison typically houses younger inmates and those transferred from juvenile facilities. Details of any medical or psychiatric treatment are confidential.

"He will be treated just like any other inmate," Damon said.

"It caused a lot of tragedy in our community," Lane County District Attorney Doug Harcleroad said from Eugene of the shootings. "I am confident the victims are still feeling the effects 10 years later. It's appropriate that Mr. Kinkel spend the rest of his natural life incarcerated."

Kinkel was 15 on May 20, 1998, when &

expelled from school after being found with a gun in his locker &

he lay in wait for his parents, Bill and Faith Kinkel, at their rural home and shot them both dead.

He drove the next morning to Thurston High School in Springfield, where he opened fire on the cafeteria before school with a .22-caliber rifle hidden underneath a trench coat, and wounded more with an automatic pistol as he was being wrestled to the floor by other students.

the time he was stopped, he had killed two students &

Ben Walker and Mikael Nickolauson &

and wounded 25. He was also pleaded guilty to trying to kill a police detective after his arrest.

At the time, Kinkel was one of the most notorious in a growing line of school shooters, but was soon overshadowed by the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Kinkel pleaded guilty and was sentenced as an adult in 1999 to nearly 112 years in prison. The earliest he can be released is January 2110.

Circuit Judge Jack Mattison sentenced Kinkel to 25 years in prison on four murder counts, then crafted a combination of concurrent and consecutive sentences on the attempted murder counts that added 86 years eight months, saying each of the wounded needed accountability.

At the sentencing hearing, defense lawyers described Kinkel as a severely disturbed teenager driven to kill by hallucinatory voices in his head that had hounded him for three years, despite his parents' efforts to help him. Experts diagnosed him as probably paranoid schizophrenic, with malformations of the brain.

Prosecutors described Kinkel as a "nasty, violent little boy," who went from throwing the ball at other kids' heads in grammar school dodgeball games to telling friends that he wanted to go to school someday and kill people.

Acknowledging Kinkel had to be severely disturbed to do what he had done, prosecutors argued that in killing his father and mother, talking to friends at length on the telephone afterward and arming himself the next day to go to school for slaughter, he had made conscious decisions.

Though Kinkel apologized in court for his crimes, he never offered an explanation for why he did it.

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