Uber driver killer pleads guilty

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Tyler Burleson, Staff Writer

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A former Uber driver named Jason Dalton has just pled guilty to a killing rampage that occurred back in 2016 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The shooting rampage occurred nearly three years ago, and Dalton just pled guilty to all charges, defying his defense attorney, Eusebio Solis. Opening statements in his trial were set to begin Tuesday, January 8th but, the Monday beforehand was when Dalton pled guilty.

Back in 2016 Dalton’s rampage involved shooting several groups of people while continuing to pick up Uber fares. He attacked a group of four women at a Cracker Barrel; all of them were fatally shot. He also killed a father and son who were at a car dealership and injured two additional strangers. Dalton’s motive remains unknown, but he is quoted as saying, “I have wanted to do this for quite a while.” Dalton also says a ‘devil figure’ on the Uber app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. As stated earlier, Dalton continued to pick up fares between each shooting, going as far as picking up riders and dropping them off unharmed. One of his passengers named Derek jokingly asked Dalton “You’re not the shooter, are you?” This whole situation was so unexpected since Dalton passed Uber’s background check and had no criminal record of any kind.

The chief assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County (where the shootings occurred), Scott Bower, said that Dalton “acknowledged the facts behind each of the charges,” which included attempted murder and firearms violations. As of result of him pleading guilty, the 48-year-old man will face a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole for each of the first-degree murder charges against him. Dalton’s reason for pleading guilty was he “wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.”

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