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Thurston Shooter Kip Kinkel Transferred to Oregon State PrisonSalem-News.com
Oregon Department of Corrections places him at Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.
(SALEM, Ore.) - On May 20th, 1998, the nation reeled over the news that a student Kipland "Kip" Kinkel killed his parents, two of his classmates at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, and shot and wounded 25 of his other classmates before he was subdued by fellow students including Jake Ryker, who had himself been shot.
Originally sentenced as an adult, Kinkel was initially committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections and placed in the physical custody of the Oregon Youth Authority on November 10th, 1999. He was assigned to the Secure Intensive Treatment Program at MacLaren for the duration of his stay with OYA.
24-year old Kipland Philip Kinkel was transferred today to Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem from the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.
Corrections officials say the transfer process "was uneventful." He was received at OSCI at 10:30 AM.
His parents, William and Faith Kinkel, were both Spanish teachers at local high schools. On May 21st, 1998, Kinkel arrived at class at Thurston, murdering 2 of his classmates, Ben Walker and Mikael Nicklauson, and injuring 25. Kinkel had brought three weapons to the high school, a .22 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber handgun, and a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. His case has become one of the standard case studies in profiling students who bring guns to school for purposes of murder, a prelude to the Columbine High School massacre.
By state law, the Oregon Youth Authority may only have custody of youthful offenders who are less than 25 years old. Kinkel was transferred in anticipation of his 25th birthday on August 30th.
Kinkel, who was convicted of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder with a firearm, received a 111-year prison sentence in Lane County on November 2nd, 1999. His earliest release date is in January 2110.
Kinkel is said to have adjusted well to incarceration at MacLaren, where he was engaged in both treatment and education.
Officials say he will initially be housed in OSCI's general population.
Over the next 30 days, he will undergo a battery of assessments and evaluations designed to create a corrections plan that determines the course of his incarceration. DOC and OYA collaborated to determine the most appropriate housing assignment for Kinkel and to make the transfer as seamless as possible.
OSCI is a medium-security state prison located three miles east of Salem. The 895-bed facility provides housing and confinement for males serving sentences for felony convictions from all counties of Oregon.
The prison traditionally houses the Department´s younger inmates, including those waived to adult prison from juvenile facilities.
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