William Cornick, 16, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for stabbing 61-year-old teacher Ann Maguire to death. Cornick carried out his attack against Maguire while she was teaching his class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Maguire sustained seven wounds as a result of the attack, including a fatal one to her jugular vein.
Prior to stabbing Maguire, Cornick winked at a fellow student.
The murder shocked the community of students and teachers at Corpus Christi earlier this year, where students lay flowers in tribute to their former teacher. Maguire had taught at the school for 40 years and was beloved by family and friends. Her killing was seen as a senseless, inexplicable act by a disturbed student.
Part of the court’s case against Cornick stemmed from a group of messages he had exchanged with a friend on Facebook prior to the killing. In the messages, he refers to Maguire as “the one absolute f**king b*tch that deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand.” According to the Daily Mail, those messages also demonstrate Cornick’s interest in “brutally killing” so that he could spend the rest of his life in jail “so as not to have to worry about life or money.”
The Independent reports Cornick later told a psychologist he “had a sense of pride” about the killing, and he failed to show any form of regret throughout the entire judicial process.
Cornick also confessed to committing the murder while he was on trial, showing little remorse for his actions and again citing life in jail as his motive. “I wanted to get caught. That’s why I did it in school. I wanted to be in jail,” Cornick said. In delivering his sentence, the judge indicated Cornick should be careful what he wishes for. After setting the minimum sentence at 20 years and indicating he may some day be released, the judge added, “It’s quite possible that day may never come."
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