Santana High Killer Gets 50 to Life
The school shooter who killed two students and wounded 13 others last year at Santana High School near San Diego has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
Charles "Andy" Williams, who was 15 at the time of the shootings, faced the possibility of 425 years to life, which would have negated any possibility of parole. Citing the killer's remorse and the fact he had no prior criminal record, a superior court judge decided in favor of a 50-to-life sentence, which will make Williams 65 years old when he can receive his first possible parole hearing.
Williams, who pleaded guilty to the shootings, tearfully apologized for his actions on March 5, 2001. "For what it's worth, I want everybody to know I'm sorry," the 16-year-old said. "I feel horrible about what happened. If I could go back to that day, I would never have gotten out of bed."