More evidence (as if we really even needed any) that the Bleeding Hearts have sunk their claws in way too deep.
As far as I am concerned, this was a justifiable homicide. The fact that it was merely a "$20 piece of plastic" is irrelevant. Theft is theft. And when it takes place on another persons property or household, that elevates the crime to burglary status, which is a felony.
So now all of you anti gun fanatics, please answer the following questions for me:
1. Where were this teenagers parents?
2. Why was this kid stealing?
3. What business did this kid have on this mans property?
4. If he had stolen a car, or attempted to assault the homeowner, would that have been more justified grounds for the shooting?
4. If you answered "yes" to above #4, does that mean that some forms of theft are "acceptable"? Why?
5. Why is this homeowner a criminal for wanting to protect what is rightfully his? What is he supposed to do? Let the kids take whatever they want, and then stand out in the street and wave his fist?
Here is the link:
And here is the story:
A Buena Park homeowner who killed a teen over a stolen Halloween decoration was convicted Friday of voluntary manslaughter, ending an emotionally draining case that took three juries to decide.
Pete Tavita Solomona, 51, faces up to 11 years in prison when sentenced July 12.
The tragic tale of a gun owner intent on protecting his property and a teen shot through the brain for taking a $20 piece of plastic while cruising a neighborhood with friends made national news when it erupted 2 1/2 years ago.
After the verdict, both sides were somber.
"I know he's very disappointed," a weeping Fui Solomona said of her husband.
The Oct. 18, 1999, shooting of Brandon Ketsdever, 17, was an accident, defense attorney Milton Grimes had said.
Solomona's gun went off when he walked up to Ketsdever's car and hit his hand on the door, he said.
"Pete Solomona did not commit a crime," Grimes said.
Ketsdever's relatives were hoping for the maximum conviction of second-degree murder, which carries a sentence of 15 years to life.
Still, they felt some relief.
"(Solomona) is a murderer, he will always be a murderer, but at least we got some justice for Brandon today," said Jon Ketsdever, Brandon's father.
Jurors said deliberations were emotional and that they spent a lot of time debating the legal differences between second- degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
The first jury convicted Solomona of second-degree murder, but a judge threw the decision out on a technicality.
A second jury failed to reach a verdict. Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Carlisle-Raines praised the third jury.
"They didn't try to pass the buck," she said.