Given no signs that a criminal mastermind was involved here, the gun owner also
needs to be charged with negligent homicide for not adequately securing his/her
I guess that I am in the minority on this issue. I think the charges are too
harsh. (No, I don't know any of the kids or their parents) There is a
tendency these days to charge to the max, but in this type of incident, charging
to the max is over the top. No one should be charged with the death. That one
of the kids picked up the gun and is charge with receiving stolen property is
absurd. If they were involved with the actual burglary, charge them based on
the roles they played in the burglary. Putting little gold stars by the cops or
prosecuting attorneys names is not necessarily in the best interest of justice.
The justice system needs some serious revision.
sad, unfortunate, likely "tragic" for the family, but not a tragedy.
stuff happens and worse, in this world, but it doesn't happen alone and
without (human) causative factorsbe happy that our children are so
... machure (spelling intentional) for their age and so soon.
"machurity" explains so many sorrows
The sentence will be in proportion to their parents standing in the community.
If they are on the bottom of the food chain then expect the sentence to be
harsh. If the parents are well to do and connected in city government then the
sentence will be light and the case will plead to the public in a sympathetic
manner. This is a serious fact in Utah.
These adolescents are not adults. To prosecute them as if they were fully
responsible would be a travesty - one too frequently played out. They
aren't adult enough to drink or smoke. They aren't adult enough to
drive without special restrictions. They aren't adult enough to be
independent of their families. They're barely old enough to get jobs. All
with good reason. A tragic mistake, a bit of idiocy leading to an accident
doesn't make them adults, nor does baying for their blood give them the
brains of adults. The crimes they have been charged with are severe enough and
take into account the misadventure that led to the death. The parents of the
dead boy don't want them prosecuted. Make sure they are treated as the
juveniles they are and that every effort be made to preserve their futures,
which will be shattered enough by the events that have engulfed them.
I hope it is noticed that the homicide charge (misdemeanor) is a lesser charge
than the receiving stolen property charge (a felony). Is that a real measure of
the relative value of life to property in Utah?
"it was an accident... I was pulling the trigger and it went off.'So much wrong with that statement.
Prosecute to the full extent of the law. As adults.Both for the thefts
and for accessory to homicide.