After more than four years since the shooting on NAU's campus left three injured and one dead, the shooter was sentenced to six years in prison. Steven Jones took a plea deal last month that negated the need for a second trial, after the first one ended with a hung jury more than two years ago.
Emotional testimony from the victims their family members painted a scene of trauma and heartbreak over the course of the past few years as the ripple effects of the shooting are still being felt today. Victims Nick Prato and Kyle Zientek both testified about the shooting and the fallout; and the mother of Colin Brough, the student who died in the shooting, gave heart wrenching testimony about losing her son. All of those who spoke against Jones asked for the full possible sentence of 10 years.
Judge Dan Slayton sentenced Jones to 6 years for the manslaughter charge and 5 years each for the three aggravated assault charges. The time is being served concurrently and Jones has to serve 80 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole.
While weighing the aggravating and mitigating circumstanced, Slayton noted that even if he was sentenced to a longer term, it would not have repaired the damage done.