Salt Lake woman pushing petition to support the man
there will be no winners in this case no matter the decision. Sad
@FitzI think you are wrong. I believe while there was no intent to
kill, the very act of point a gun at another individual's head shows gross
negligence. I was in the Army and I know how to handle weapons. I
would NEVER point a weapon at a person I didn't intend to kill. Maybe
Marines receive different training. He should not get a free pass
as you are advocating by simply saying "accidents happen." If he had
been driving down I-80 at 80 MPH and said "trust me" as he careened
through across the median and killed another individual, you'd be calling
for his head. What's the difference?
Kron75, are you aware that during the last hearing on this case, a witness
pointed out that the bullet in the chamber very well could have gotten there as
claimed. In fact this witness was able to replicate the actions that allegedly
caused the bullet to unknowingly enter the chamber. This man was a
Marine and he knows guns, but accidents do happen and the way the bullet got
into the chamber is a flaw in the gun. I think the prosecutor is out of line in
charging him with anything at all. The effort of the prosecutor to reinstate a
charge the judge has reduced is simply grandstanding and, in my opinion, is
simply wrong. If the prosecutor was really interested in justice, he would drop
I disagree. Like the woman in the article state, I also feel compassion for the
man who accidentally killed his brother. No, I don't think he meant to harm
his brother in any way. Yes, I believes that he has an unreal amount of regret
and guilt that he will deal with for the rest of his life, which is appropriate.
With that said, the choice that he made that night has had massive consequences.
It took his brother's life. The brother was already worried about having
the gun put against his head. It it neglectful and wrong to put a gun against
someone's head, tell them to trust you, then pull the trigger. Accident?
Yes? Intentional? No. Neglect and causing death? Yes. He needs a jail sentence.
I hope the jury, judge, etc can see past the cries of those begging for
compassion and instead remember the young man who lost his life because he
trusted his own brother.
There is no sentence or punishment that would be any harsher than the grief and
remorse that this man will feel for the rest of his life. His carelessness ended
his brother's life, but it seems to have been a tragic accident, not
anything intentional in any way. I believe the lesser charge is appropriate. He
will punish himself for the rest of his life.