The man who shot two people last year at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg will serve 38 years in prison.
Neil MacInnis was sentenced Wednesday in Montgomery County court to 68 years in prison, with 30 years suspended. Both victims survived the attack on April 12, 2013.
The judge said despite Macinnis' mental illness, his actions were "cold and calculated." In closing statements, the commonwealth's attorney showed surveillance video of the shooting. The video shows MacInnis calmly walking from room to room. After the shootings, MacInnis was detained by an off-duty security guard.
A psychologist testified that MacInnis, 19, is still a danger to himself and others. Both women who were wounded by MacInnis testified they still struggle with the psychological effects of the crime.
Family members of MacInnis apologized to the victims and told the court about his struggle with mental health. They said MacInnis had tried to commit suicide before. MacInnis' father said no one ever expected him to hurt anyone other than himself.
MacInnis' uncle, Stuart MacInnis said, "What he did was wrong, there's no question about that. And I don't think he would have made the choices he made had he been well." Click here to see the extended interview with Stuart MacInnis.
For the victim's families, 38 years was simply not enough. The two victims and their families say they've received a life sentence from all the physical and mental torment stemming from this shooting.
Gerry Sharpe, the father of shooting victim Taylor Sharpe Schumann, said the family is disappointed because they wanted a longer sentence.
"It's a real nightmare to see that thing, and the real nightmare is playing what happened. After I've seen that video, what would have happened if the safety wasn't on?" Sharpe said. Click here to see the extended interview with Gerry Sharpe.
For Carola Bousserghine, Wednesday's sentencing was closure enough. She is the mother of shooting victim Kristina Bousserghine. The family came to America in 2007 and is looking to leave for good after this ordeal. She says a school shooting like this should never happen anywhere, and doesn't want to risk it for her family again.
"There's a serious problem in this country when it comes to guns. Nothing is changing. Kids get shot at school repeatedly, year after year, week after week, and nothing changes," Bousserghine said. Click here to see the extended interview with Carola Bousserghine.
In April, MacInnis pleaded guilty to two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony. MacInnis faced life sentences for the aggravated malicious wounding charges. Instead, he was sentenced to 30 years on each malicious wounding charge, with 15 years of each charge suspended. He also was sentenced to eight years total on the two gun charges. Click here to see an interview with MacInnis' defense attorney.
MacInnis's family says the judges sentence reflected that balance, but the victim's family doesn't think it mattered.