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Sean Kennedy Murderer Denied Parole

Jim Burroway

February 11th, 2009

We reported last month that Stephen Moller, Sean Kennedy’s murderer, was seeking parole this month. We’ve now learned that Moller’s request for parole was denied Wednesday morning.

Stephen Moller was originally charged with murder for the death of Sean Kennedy, 20, who was attacked outside a Greenville County, S.C. bar on May 16, 2007. Witnesses said that Moller shouted anti-gay epithets at Kennedy before attacking him. Sean died of his injuries. While Moller was originally charged with murder, a grand jury reduced the charges to involuntary manslaughter. Moller pleaded guilty to those reduced charges and was sentenced to five years. That sentence was then reduced to three, minus seven months for time served. Moller’s attorney said that when all is said and done, Moller will probably serve about a year and a half. With credit for time served, he is due to be released in September.

South Carolina has no hate crime law covering sexual orientation, but it does have a law that says torturing animals can get you five years in prison. Killing a gay man? Half that.

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Joel
February 12th, 2009 | LINK

INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER!?

Is this the famous, blame the victim??
Thought it had no weight in legal terms… but apparantly it does.

How do you involuntarily kill someone?
Too much bigotry? Too much hate?
Interesting… and sad.

Kristie
February 12th, 2009 | LINK

The “involuntary manslaughter” charge stemmed from the fact that Sean Kennedy died after being punched once in the face by Moller. Most people going after someone with the intention to murder them generally don’t stop at one punch, so I think they assumed Moller’s intention was simply to injure, not to kill.

Unfortunately for Sean Kennedy that one punch fractured his facial bones and when he fell to the pavement his brain seperated from his brain stem and went slamming around inside his skull, resulting in his death.

It’s truly disgusting that Moller will likely serve so little time in jail. Regardless of whether or not he intended to kill Sean, he clearly intended to do him harm and all because Sean was gay. This boy lost his life, his family & friends lost someone they love and this punk will be back out on the street in less than two years to go about his life as if nothing happened. I have to wonder if Sean had been a straight kid killed by a gangbanger if they would have gone so easy on the killer? Doubtful!

Attmay
February 14th, 2009 | LINK

It’s truly disgusting that SC taxpayers will be paying to keep this scumbag alive when he should be executed.

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