In June 1995, he was granted a visit before the state Parole Board at the age of 61, but his release was denied.He would not receive another hearing until April 2015, which was again denied. The second trial began in June 1975 and prosecutors revealed evidence involving the witnesses who had seen Ruppert engaging in target practice, asking about silencers for his gun collection and admitting that his mother's expectations were a problem that he needed to solve. Holbrock, convinced his client was insane, personally funded the hiring of expert psychiatrists and psychologists from all over the country.In July 1975 Ruppert received 11 consecutive life sentences. On July 23, 1982, another three-judge panel found Ruppert guilty on two counts first degree murder (his mother and brother), but found him not guilty on the other nine counts of murder, by reason of insanity.She would later state that James told her he was frustrated with his mother's demands on him and his impending eviction and that he needed to solve the problem.According to Bishop, Ruppert stated that his mother had complained that if he could afford to buy beer seven nights a week, he could afford to pay rent. On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1975, Ruppert's brother Leonard and his wife, Alma, brought their eight children (ranging in age from 4 to 17) to see their grandmother at the house on Minor Avenue.James also owed his mother and brother money, having lost much of what little cash he had in the stock market crash of 1973-4.A month before the massacre, James inquired about silencers for his weapons while purchasing ammunition.
Those who knew James Ruppert did not think he was capable of violence, especially at the magnitude of this particular massacre.
After the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007 became the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Ruppert's murderous spree dropped to the 9th deadliest massacre in U.
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His mother, Charity, had told him that she would have preferred to have a daughter as her second child; his father, Leonard, also had a violent temper and held little affection for his two sons. He was described as a modest, bookish, and helpful man who was unremarkable and quiet. By 1975, Ruppert was envious of his older brother's successful job and family.
Leonard died in 1947 when James and his brother Leonard Jr. Ruppert himself had dropped out of college after two years, then trained as a draughtsman, although by 1975, he was unemployed, had never married, and was still living at home with his mother.
Georgia, and because the massacre on Minor Avenue had occurred in 1975, Ruppert could not receive the death penalty for his crimes.