Prosecutor wants harsher charge reinstated against man who shot brother

Salt Lake woman pushing petition to support the man

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  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    there will be no winners in this case no matter the decision. Sad

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 4:04 p.m.


    I 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?

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    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 all charges.

  • korn75 Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    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.