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Published: Monday, June 9 2014 4:30 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Prosecute to the full extent of the law. As adults.
Both for the thefts and for accessory to homicide.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"it was an accident... I was pulling the trigger and it went off.'
So much wrong with that statement.

Bob Pomeroy
Bisbee, AZ

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?

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

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.

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

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.

crimendelsiglo
Spanish Fork, UT

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 factors

be happy that our children are so ... machure (spelling intentional) for their age and so soon. "machurity" explains so many sorrows

Fitz
Murray, UT

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.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

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 weapons.

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