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  1. There should be no plea accepted, carrying a gun in itself and into a school should see him locked up for life! Barbarian nation needs to come out of the dark ages!

    1. de Villiers 19 Dec 2011, 8:14pm

      So European countries that permit or require arms to be stored in the home are barbarian?

  2. ‘A mistrial was declared in September when jurors were unable to decide whether McInerney had committed first- or second-degree murder, or manslaughter’

    Unable, more like UNWILLING

  3. Jock S. Trap 19 Dec 2011, 11:44am

    A shocking crime from a backward country as far as carrying arms goes. That they would openly applaud the use of weapons then scream and cry when these kind of thing happen is hypocritrical and disgraceful.

    Can’t even believe they couldn’t make their minds up leading to a mistrial. As if this crime wasn’t serious enough

    Well I hope he gets the full force of the law. Anything else will just look discriminating and send a very dangerous message.

  4. I’m no expert on American law so please correct me if I’m wrong. I thought the definition of manslaughter was when you cause the death of another individual through an accident, I.e. your actions were not deliberate. In this case the defendant walked up to his victim and shot him right in the head. Hence no accident and ABSOLUTELY deliberate. So how is this not a travesty of justice from a jury who are meant to be impartial? They’re clearly homophobic and like it or not, they’ve already sent their message across that murdering LGBT individuals is not classed as serious as murdering non-LGBT individuals.

    1. I’m no expert either, but here in Germany the difference between manslaughter and murder is the intention, the reason behind the killing.
      An accidential death would most likely be handled as ‘Bodily injury resulting in death’. Man slaughter would more likely be, if the killing was commited in affect.
      For a sentence for murder, the killing must have certain characteristics to meet, at least one of the following: It must have been planned longhanded, must have been for greed, to hide another crime, been from behind (insidious), special cruelty and some others I don’t know by heart.
      The US-law won’t be too different, maybe in some details of definitions.

      I wonder, how he could bring a gun to school. There went something terribly wrong, if a 14 year old can sit in classes with a gun in his pocket.
      And blaming the school for being tolerant is simply awful.

  5. What about the parents that gave him access to gun, as well as to fascist ideology? Shouldn’t they be in court too?

  6. What exactly was his intention of bringing the gun to school? If it had something to do with King then its most likely ‘to shoot him with it’, that itself should be murder with intention, no? If he brought the gun to school to show off, shouldn’t there be NO Bullets?

  7. Another Hannah 19 Dec 2011, 4:16pm

    AQnother LGBT murder that shows up the US justice system for the mockery of Christianity and justice that it is? There’s not a surprise. Soner this barbaric and backward nation has blundered it’s way into obscurity as it’s doing the better.

    1. de Villiers 19 Dec 2011, 8:16pm

      The US is a big country with over fifty different justice systems – as does each country in th EU. I wonder how many LGBT incidents there are in the US per head compared to the European Union. I doubt the EU would be a shining example.

  8. Miguel Sanchez 19 Dec 2011, 5:17pm

    I hope he’s made to serve those sentences consectutively rather then concurrently. This way he’d have to serve 21 years.

  9. The Christians need to be put on trial for causing people like this boy to act the way he did when he murdered his gay class mate. The Christians and Catholics spew their hate and even pay out millions of dollars to destroy the lives of LGBT people around the world. It is the Catholic and Christians church that needs to be put on trial for their new Witch Hunts and Inquisitions where they attack LGBT people and also the persecution of LGBT people around the world. The proof that they are criminals is the fact they continue to rape and abuse children around the world and think they can get away with it. Every LGBT person who is harmed or killed can be traced back to the fact that the person who did it was was taught to hate hate by the Christians, Catholics and Muslims. They are the real criminals who promote hate and the murder of LGBT people in the world. It is time they pay for their crimes.

  10. Janet Lameck 20 Dec 2011, 2:01am

    He got 21 years and no credit for the four he has already spent in custody. Personally speaking if you take someones life with a gun you deserve the death penalty, but that is only my opinion. I’m a gay transgender person and damned proud of it!

  11. Christopher Coleman 20 Dec 2011, 5:49am

    The boy was 14 years old when he committed the crime. The access to a gun, the anti-gay feelings, and the white supremacist ideas were made available to the boy by the adult world in which he lived. The school paid scant attention to his victim’s behavior. Also, imagine how most 14 year old boys react to embarrassing sexual overtures made in front of their friends; in this instance by a very effeminate behaving boy. Brandon did murder, but locking him up for 21 years is not justice. He is not a homicidal maniac and there is no reason to believe he will murder again. Justice would be better served in this case by making him do a lot of social work for gays in need and continuing his education so that he can re-enter society later. As things stand, he will face real difficulties when he is released. Brandon is being punished for his crime and also for the the ills of his society. This is not justice; it is revenge,

  12. Here is the news link report on his sentencing on Monday.

    His lawyer had also said he was remorseful
    and would take back his actions in a heartbeat!

    I am left wondering if this is because older and wiser he developed a conscience? “OR” does he feel remorse only because he screwed up his own life and now has regrets? It’s easy to say sorry when your at the mercy of the court. Is he sorry for his victim or himself?

    You take a gun to school, shoot some one point blank in the back of the head that is premeditated first degree murder. No options no plea bargain! earlier he was looking at 30 years yet because of a hung jury he walks in 21 unbelievable!

  13. i hope he ends up being someone bitch boy for that small 21 years sentence

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