Well, some here claimed he wouldn't be charged because he was LE. Guess what?
What a horrible tragedy. I'm really torn on this one personally. The loss of of his daughter and the grief and resulting impact to his family is unimaginable. And now, if convicted he will probably see some prison time. No one can argue that leaving the loaded weapon in the vehicle with the children wasn't less than responsible but to further injure the family with criminal proceedings and the possible temporary loss of their father to prison is disturbing. I'll pick no side on this one but my thoughts are with the family. Terrible, terrible situation for everybody involved.
The charge is 2nd degree manslaughter.
Certainly no winners in this situation, or the Tacoma situation. Sad all the way around, for both sets of parents and their remaining children.
It is a crappy situation all the way around for sure. I agree with your earlier comment that having to live with the loss of his daughter due to his own negligence/lapse in judgement is a far greater punishment than anything that the judicial system is able to mete out. That being said, I also firmly believe that SOMETHING had to be done. This instance demands it no less than the other similar instances of children gaining access to firearms with tragic results in which the adults responsible for the firearms were held accountable. Being LE, a nice guy, having a nice family, etc do not make him any less responsible for his actions.
Personally, I hope he is able to plead to a lesser charge, avoid jail/prison time, find a suitable career outside of law enforcement and help his family heal as best they can. I know that 34 years later my own parents are still very much affected by the death of my oldest brother due to a rock climbing accident. Time does not fully heal all wounds.
Originally Posted By Boomer:
I know that 34 years later my own parents are still very much affected by the death of my oldest brother due to a rock climbing accident. Time does not fully heal all wounds.
I have an 85 year old aunt who cries and gets depressed every year on the birthday of an infant she lost. Some stuff just doesn't go away. The edges may dull but it's always there.
They'll do plea bargain... knock it to a misdemeanor and probation + community service.
The asshole in me wants to say this guy gets what he deserves...
But the realist in me says no parent should lose their child.....
I guarantee he will be beating himself up for the rest of his life... I see divorce and LOTS of drinking in his future...
It's a double edged sword, how do you punish someone who will be punishing themselves for the rest of their life?
I say court order him to get an NRA instructors certification, and once a month, provide a shooters education class.
I don't think you can have a more impacting instructor, than one who learned his lessons the hard way.
Same reason you listen to the guy with one eye, explaining how important eye protection is.
Originally Posted By Jparks29:
how do you punish someone who will be punishing themselves for the rest of their life?
Society doesn't punish someone to teach them a lesson but rather to make society feel better.