An NPR member station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
It's Spokane Public Radio's Spring Fund Drive. Donate now until Tuesday and your donation will be matched up to $30,000!

Caleb Sharpe, accused Freeman school shooter, pleads guilty to premeditated murder

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Freeman High School student accused of killing a classmate and injuring others in a school shooting in 2017 entered a guilty plea today.


According to the Spokesman-Review, Sharpe pleaded guilty to premediated murder, three counts of attempted premeditated murder and one count of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The office of the judge overseeing Sharpe’s hearing did not immediately respond to requests for more information.


Sharpe was scheduled to go to trial later this month, but will instead face sentencing.


Randy Russell, superintendent of the Freeman School District, said Sharp’s guilty plea will allow the victims and their families to avoid being re-traumatized. He also praised the Freeman students for their resiliency and thanked community members who had supported survivors.

"We are so proud of our students, staff, and parents who have been resilient and resolute in moving forward on our road of recovery," Russell said. "We want to thank all those who have stood by Freeman and offered their love and support. Your kindness will never be forgotten. We are Freeman Strong.” 

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.
Related Content