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One for the "hell in a handbasket" files

Man gets life for killing boy who walked on lawn

Ohio man said boy knew how he cared for his grass and provoked him



BATAVIA, Ohio - A man who fatally shot a teenage neighbor because he walked on the man's carefully tended lawn was sentenced to life in prison.
Charles Martin, 67, must serve 18 years before he can be considered for parole, Clermont County Common Pleas Judge William Walker ordered Wednesday, adding that he would urge that Martin never be considered for parole.
The man was convicted last month of murder in the March 2006 shotgun killing of 15-year-old Larry Mugrage Jr., a high school student.
Martin told the court he was sorry the shooting occurred but said the teen knew how much Martin cared for his lawn and provoked him.
"He stepped on it and he walked 40 feet through it," Martin said. "I cared about it. I cut it every five days."
Prosecutors alleged Martin had confronted the teen earlier in the day when he walked into Martin's yard on his way to a friend's house, then loaded his .410-gauge shotgun and waited more than three hours for him to return.
When the boy stepped on the lawn again, Martin fired at him twice, according to testimony. He then called police, telling a dispatcher: "I just killed a kid."
Martin was tried on aggravated murder but convicted of murder, a lesser count, because jurors because could not agree the killing was planned.


Ohio is batting 1000 today:

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Police: Mother's Blood-Alcohol Twice Legal Limit In Fatal Crash


MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Madison Township police said a mother who lost control of her car Sunday night, killing her 2-year-old son, had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.
Brandy Goodnight, 29, was traveling west on South Ridge Road at 90 mph when she lost control and slammed into a utility pole.
Her son died instantly.
Goodnight is hospitalized and police said she could be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.


With a name like that, she was either rushing to the strip club or the set of a 007 movie

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Brandy Goodnight? Sounds like a Badnight to me.

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Brandy Goodnight? Sounds like a Badnight to me.
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I'd shot the smart-ass whipper snapper, too if he'd walked on my lawn after I told him not to. I'd even done it with an NRA certified butt stock 12 gauge with blued barrel. I don't know if I'd shot him twice, though. You can always claim it was an accident with one shot . . .

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Bunch of humanitarians around here I see. Even if someone keyed my best painted car all I would have done was break their knees. Y'all are cruel.
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I have to agree with the jury on the lawn incident. No way could have have planned it, not with a .410. I'm surprised it only took 2 shots.

That said, society is just way to messed up. The kid's a punk, he deserved a dope slap, but the guy shouldn't have shot him. So little respect for the property of others anymore and then people overreact.

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Reminds me of a modestly infamous Baltimore case back in the '90's.

THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 9, June 1996

There's No Defense for some Laws
By John Taylor

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Nathaniel Hurt is a pleasant-looking, bespectacled elderly gentleman. Nathaniel Hurt seems to be a quiet, unassuming man, the sort anyone would want living next door. He is well known in his Baltimore neighborhood for spending hours keeping his part of his city clean and free of trash. He cooked and gave away barbecue every summer from his back yard. He worked for twenty-three years for Bethlehem Steel. He tried to prevent neighborhood punks with nothing better to do from harassing passersby in his neighborhood.

The punks didn't like that. For a month or so, they harassed him, with no effect. He kept on being a good neighbor. On October 10, 1994, a bunch of these young hoodlums began destroying Mr. Hurt's car with rocks as it sat in front of his house. Mr. Hurt stepped out on his second story fire escape and fired four shots from his .357 revolver. One bullet struck thirteen year old Vernon Lee Holmes Jr. in the back. Holmes died.

Mr. Hurt was originally charged with first-degree murder charges. He turned down a plea bargain that would have guaranteed him no jail time. He admitted discharging his pistol, but claimed that he was only trying to fire over the heads of the vandals to disperse them. Mr. Hurt was convicted in Baltimore Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter, for which he was sentenced by Judge Ellen M. Heller to three years (of which he would probably serve eighteen months).

Mr. Hurt appealed his conviction. In an unsigned, unpublished opinion, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in part, "He was a good and decent man who was pushed beyond his breaking point, and he reacted. ... Under all the circumstances, Judge Heller had no option."

So, by the time you read this, Nathaniel Hurt will be in jail. Not for eighteen months. Not for three years. For five full years. Because Maryland law mandates a minimum five year penalty -- no parole, no judicial discretion in sentencing -- for use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Hurt will serve a five-year-no-parole sentence concurrent with his shorter felony manslaughter conviction.

Dig's note: Hurt served only 18 months before his sentence was commuted. As I recall, the car the kids vandalized was a very nicely maintained '80's Cadillac Sedan Deville.

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