Vrede wrote:There seems to be no doubt that he was very impaired and had no particular reason to target the victim. Voluntary manslaughter and 10 years is no picnic. Not having witnessed the trial and his contrition I'm not as outraged by the result as you are.
Agreeing to a point; but something stinks somewhere.
“He was in an alcoholic blackout at the time of the incident" shouldn't be a viable excuse. He had to have other issues; for instance:
The s.o.b. was drunk out of his gourd, pissed off about what life was handing him, and instead of consulting someone in his church family for
spiritual guidance, he paraded around a motel known for renting to transient labor, and randomly knocks on a door and guns down the half-asleep victim.
THEN the church family rallies around him in support of his "I didn't mean to, but I was drunk" defense. Bullshit. Cold-blooded murder is cold-blooded
murder, not voluntary manslaughter
. The fact that he had no previous record should landed him a sentence of life, which is actually about 25-35 years or so.