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Prosecutors will seek to certify 17-year-old as an adult

Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

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Jim G
Mesa, AZ

MormonSean: Just because people are angered by this act does not mean they only want vengeance. As you know, in Mormon doctrine, taking a life is an extremely serious sin because the victim's life, dreams, goals, opportunities and associations have been cut short. Further, their friends and family have been irreparably harmed. Repentance for the life-taker, in its full measure, is not possible because restitution - bringing the person back to life - is not possible. While the young man almost certainly did not want to kill, he certainly meant to cause harm, and the harm he did is permanent. Despite the sympathy you feel for him, there are consequences to our acts, and those consequences should be appropriate to the harm he did, which was severe.

Altamont, UT

I love the shirts they are wearing. What a great tribute to their Dad.
God bless this family.

Salt Lake City, UT


As much as game violence is a valid concern, aggression in sports has existed since long before video games.

Jim G

On an earlier article I quoted President Hinckley's talk, entitled "Forgiveness".

"There are hardened criminals who may have to be locked up. There are unspeakable crimes, such as deliberate murder and rape, that justify harsh penalties. But there are some who could be saved from long, stultifying years in prison because of an unthoughtful, foolish act. Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way."

Again... I want mercy, but I still uphold justice. Everyone assuming more or less than what I've said judge my words without the facts. On another article I was falsely accused of showing no compassion for the family. My accuser had limited knowledge, yet condemned my words.

We are commanded to forgive. Some add conditions to that commandment. They have every right to. I don't even disagree with that. But we will be judged by the same measure. To each his own.

All I'm saying is that this boy fits into President Hinckley's second category. Judge him as you will.

Jim G
Mesa, AZ

MormonSean. I understand your points, but forgiveness does not preclude justice. While this young man can be forgiven for his offense, that forgiveness does not excuse him from the justice he is required to face.

Salt Lake City, UT

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 6:14-16
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Santaquin, UT

Justice is served when a punishment is administered that fits the crime committed. Inflicting a more severe punishment on someone for the purpose of sending a message to others is not justice.

Salt Lake City, UT

Jim G,

I didn't say it did. I have not once said it. I haven't even implied it. In fact, I keep having to repeat myself in saying that I in fact desire justice to be upheld.

What I believe:

The boy committed a crime.
To satisfy justice, a punishment needs to be assigned.
To satisfy our requirement to forgive, it is necessary that we let go of our hard feelings and desire and work to help the boy rather than get even.

All I have stated is my belief in what is said in John 8:3-11 and 3 Nephi 12:37-48. I have stated "Yea, yea; Nay, nay". I have not said more or less than what is in the scriptures. I have not said justice should be robbed. I have not even implied it. I have EVEN stated my support for justice. I have EVEN re-clarified my belief and statements for those who keep accusing me of something I have not done.

Have you heard it yet? Do you now understand that I have only defended the scriptures as being true? What will it take from me?

Beaverton, OR

"Gill said the case does not rise to the level of murder or manslaughter. But a charge of homicide by assault can be filed when a person "causes the death of another while intentionally or knowingly" trying to injure another person."
I always wondered the difference between all the different charges. Each state has their own terminology, so this one was a bit different to me.
It's just a shame to have to have something like this in the law.

Xenia, OH

Odd that the parents of the teen have not been in the paper. Usually they are immediately in front of the cameras saying what a good kid the perp is. Where are the parents? What statements have they made?

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