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A memorial for STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting victims in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in May 2020. Photo: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A second former student was convicted Tuesday over the 2019 mass shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, including for the murder of a teenager who tried to stop the attack.

Details: Devon Erickson, 20, was convicted in Douglas County of more than 40 charges after a jury deliberated for 4.5 hours following a three-week trial, per the Denver Post.

  • Among his convictions is first-degree felony murder for the killing of student Kendrick Castillo, 18, who died lunging at his attacker in order to save classmates.

Background: Erickson's convictions come after accomplice Alec McKinney pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and weapons charges and was given a life sentence plus 38 years for the attack — which left eight other students wounded.

  • McKinney was 16 at the time of the shooting, so he can seek parole after 40 years, Reuters notes. Erickson was 18, so he's set to receive a mandatory life sentence without parole, AP reports. He's due to have a sentencing hearing on Sept. 17.

Of note: Lawmakers in Colorado have moved to strengthen gun laws in response to the Denver attack and other mass shootings.

Flashback: Colorado tightens gun laws, one month after Boulder mass shooting

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Police barricades near the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

A 25-year-old man died Sunday of injuries sustained in a mass shooting that wounded 13 other people in downtown Austin, Texas, the previous day, police confirmed.

The latest: Austin police named the victim as Douglas John Kantor, as they continued to search for one of two suspects. One suspect was taken into custody on Saturday following the shooting on 6th Street, a popular area with bars and restaurants.

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Suspect in attack on Muslim family in Canada now faces terrorism charges

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The man accused of running over a Muslim family with his truck, killing four of them, in London, Canada, is now facing terrorism charges, authorities said Monday, per CBC News.

Driving the news: Investigators say the suspect, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, targeted the family because of their Muslim faith.

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Celebrities are America's new politicians

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Launching gubernatorial bids, making presidential endorsements, founding schools: Celebrities are getting increasingly involved in U.S. public and political life.

Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview of career politicians, as companies and their CEOs throw their weight around to affect policies. Now, movie stars, famous musicians and professional athletes also are using their influence in politics.