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The Daily Agenda for Monday, April 8

Jim Burroway

April 8th, 2013

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:
Sean Kennedy: 1987. He would have been twenty-five today if he hadn’t been killed on May 16, 2007 at about 3:45 a.m. as he left a local bar in Greenville, South Carolina. According to local news reports, Stephen Andrew Moller got out his his car, walked up to Sean, called him a faggot, and punched him hard enough to break several facial bones. When Sean fell, his head hit the pavement so hard that his brain separated from his brain stem. Fifteen minutes later, one of Sean’s friends received a voice mail from Moller:

Hey. (laughter) Whoa stop. (laughter) Hey, I was just wondering how your boyfriend’s feeling right about now. (laughter) (??) knocked the fuck out. (laughter). The fucking faggot. He ought to never stick his mother-fucking nose (??) Where are you going? Just a minute. (laughter). Yea boy, your boy is knocked out, man. The motherfucker. Tell him he owes me $500.00 for breaking my goddamn hand on his teeth that fucking bitch.

Greenville County sheriff’s office arrested Moller as part of a homicide investigation; his arrest warrant described the act as “a result of the defendant not liking the sexual identity of the victim.” But by the time the case reached the grand jury in October, the indictment was reduced to involuntary manslaughter, for which South Carolina law set the maximum penalty at five years. Moller’s attorney argued that Moller “had no idea (Sean) was gay until after the fact. It’s just a freak incident that should never have happened.”
As part of a plea deal, Moller was sentenced to three years, minus seven months for time served. After getting his GED, Moller’s sentenced was reduced again and he was released after just 13 months, his “goddamn hand” having healed quite nicely in the meantime.

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customartist
April 8th, 2013 | LINK

The State of South Carolina was actively complicit in reducing the charges in defiance of tolerance toward gays. Nothing has changed in S.Car. law to this day.

This is Republican Rule for you.

Never vote Republican.

Regan DuCasse
April 8th, 2013 | LINK

And sometimes, it’s not that hard to get a murderer “dead to rights’ so to speak, when they can be convicted of the death penalty and executed.
Just like this hump that murdered SK. No remorse, expressed glee at his act.
Some killers are so brazen, impulsive or not as smart as they think they are, that their guilt is without doubt.

The tragedy here, is not only the light sentence. And a dangerous person is still walking among us free.
But there are countless incidents of murders that could have been prevented were the death penalty swift enough.

jerry
April 8th, 2013 | LINK

What a shame that there aren’t a lot of defective oil pipelines where they would benefit decent people.

jerry
April 8th, 2013 | LINK

I thought I remembered a similar case in DC a few years ago but couldn’t remember the details. Thankfully a reporter at the Washington Blade did find the story posted in 2011.

A young Maryland man was attacked in 2008, he later died and a grand jury reduced the charges from manslaughter to simple assault and the killer got six months in jail.

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/07/14/man-charged-in-tony-hunter-death-back-in-jail/

We still have a long way to go to have equality and safety in this nation.

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