Linkous sentenced to five years in prison for 2004 shooting

There are 20 comments on the Roanoke Times story from Feb 9, 2007, titled Linkous sentenced to five years in prison for 2004 shooting. In it, Roanoke Times reports that:

Zachary Linkous, who was 17 in June 2004 when he fatally shot 15-year-old Edward Bertrand at a Christiansburg home, will spend five years in prison.

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Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#42 Jun 2, 2011
Zach hasnt served time plz and ppl condemed u b/c u left my brother laying their like a dog like trash. wat if it was u that was shot and was left their and as for last time I remember was after my brothers death and u flicked me off. So yeah ok shi*
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#43 Jun 2, 2011
Plz dont take this offensive Jim I agree with all that you said except with Zachs mother thats her son no matter what and no parent is perfect Zach was 17 yrs old he knew better his mother shouldnt be responsible for that he was old enough 2 kno better she gave him love and a home over his head gave him a lot of what mother are supposed 2 do. Its not her fault he didnt become a man out of him self its his fault and only his. Thank you
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#44 Jun 2, 2011
I agree with all that you have said
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#45 Jun 2, 2011
yes only god can judge us but some of us just express how we feel and accidents do happen mistakes happen all we all have 2 pay 4 them and even then u still u cant fix wat u did
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#46 Jun 2, 2011
people do have problems and yes people go through hard times especially in teenage age yrs but that doesnt make people go killing some 1 accident or not why should he get 2 live his life or breath or see and move on when he took my brothers life my brother doesnt get 2 live his life bc it was taken and he took our families life and even his mothers life bc am sure bc of what he did she has 2 live with.
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#47 Jun 2, 2011
accident or not ill not just let it go easy 4 u 2 say bc it wasnt ur brother, ue mother, ue cuzin or ur child. your gunna tell me if it was ur child or brother or the person u love most is killed ur just gunna let it go???
Jennifer Bertrand

Boston, MA

#48 Jun 2, 2011
I agree 2 all of ur questions and yet till 2day i ask my self those questions and so many more!
Victoria

Blacksburg, VA

#49 Sep 14, 2011
carolyn wrote:
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Yep...well guess what? His mother did read this. You act as though you know him. Obviously not. His name is ZACH not Zack. Yes, Zach had been on a rocky road. He had been in trouble. And I never recall calling the police to have his room searched. He made mistakes. Please dont judge him. I am sure you too live in a glass house. We all do! He was 17 years old. He was quiet and I can only recall one fight ever got in. I rarely hear anything bad about him. Most people have prayed for him and the Bertrands. You have no idea how hard this has been on all of us. You also, called him a piece of shit. That's wrong. I'll pray for you. I guess its easy to judge and draw your own conclusions. I am so sorry for what happened and so is he. You could never begin to understand. He is a good person with a big heart. It was an accident. He feels responsible and will live with this forever. They all were involved. One died, ones in prison and I have no idea where the others are. I only pray that you will never encounter a tradgety like this in your life time. I think before you write or speak you need to know all the facts. I dont know why I am wasting my time on this. You are just someone who wants to know but ....just don't.
Zach has did a amazing turn around he very loved and respected to all!!!
Loven my rmmm 241

Blacksburg, VA

#50 Sep 14, 2011
This is sad story but Zach has did his time it was accident, he lives through thus everyday in his mind and he is not a FAILURE!!! He i doing very well thank you!!!!
none ya bitch

New York, NY

#51 May 8, 2012
Jennifer Bertrand wrote:
you talking grow up u must love ur cuz right stick up 4 him ur a good cuz but think of it what if it was the other way around wat if my brother would of killed ur cuz and left him there 2 die.
Come on man...left him there to die. Yeah f*cking right. Apparently u don't know Zach like I do. He's a wonderful person...of course it wasn't an accident to you...u an it family had to point your fingers an blame someone. That's how it always is. Grow up. Get a life other than posting 100s of comments on here. F*cking loser. Take care of your kid.
Damo

Covington, VA

#52 May 8, 2012
Zach killed Edward. He ran away and left his "friend" to die. He did his best to destroy or get rid of the gun. Then he comes up with the ridiculous story of how the gun "just went off". Zach got off easy. If there was any justice he would be rotting in prison for the rest of his miserable, dirtbag life. Mandi did her level best to help cover up the killing. She is a complete dirtbag as well.
Zachs friend

Blacksburg, VA

#53 May 14, 2012
Y'all r dumb talking shit on topix really yea zach he out n married has children living his life. What happened was a damn accident zach lives wit it everyday y'all don't know how zach feels he loved Edward like his own brother he never would have done this on purpose things happen growing up sometimes there bad n u have to live wit it but there accidents!!!!! This happened years ago y'all all jus need to shut the fuck up and let zach n his family live there life!!!! He thinks of what happened daily he still lives wit that memory so for all y'all that hate him jus think he is suffering has been since it happened n it wasn't over mandis dumb ass but that dumb bitch wasn't good for zach either but shit jus remember it was an accident zach if you read this I hope u ur wife n kids have an amazing life btw ur wife is awesome u picked a great one n your kids are beautiful
Needs Justice

Roanoke, VA

#54 May 25, 2012
Yeah, Zach is out living his life, having kids, getting married and all that. All things that Edward won't ever do because Zach killed him. If Zach loved Edward like a brother, I would sure hate to be his brother. Zach left Edward to die alone on a concrete floor while he ran off and tried to hide from the police. That sure is a lot of love. So what if that scumbag Zach thinks of the killing everyday. What about Edward's family? how often do they have to face it? How does Edwards mother and brother and sister feel everyday. Your defense of that dirtbag is disgusting. To try to say it was an accident is complete stupidity. Zach pointed the gun at Edward and pulled the trigger. Some accident.
none ya bitch

New York, NY

#55 Jul 7, 2012
Needs Justice wrote:
Yeah, Zach is out living his life, having kids, getting married and all that. All things that Edward won't ever do because Zach killed him. If Zach loved Edward like a brother, I would sure hate to be his brother. Zach left Edward to die alone on a concrete floor while he ran off and tried to hide from the police. That sure is a lot of love. So what if that scumbag Zach thinks of the killing everyday. What about Edward's family? how often do they have to face it? How does Edwards mother and brother and sister feel everyday. Your defense of that dirtbag is disgusting. To try to say it was an accident is complete stupidity. Zach pointed the gun at Edward and pulled the trigger. Some accident.
All of you that are against Zach are dumb as hell. Like I said Edwards family had to point their fingers at someone. You don't know Zach like I do. He's a great person. He is living his life...a great one! No Edward didn't have a chance too...it wasn't meant to be. Zach did the time he was suppose to do.
NOYDB

Roanoke, VA

#57 Nov 7, 2012
None ya
Looks like you are the one that is dumb as hell, or ignorant as hell, probably both. It was the police that 'pointed the finger at Zach Linkous'. He shot Edward down in cold blood. Zach was and is nothing more than a punk and a scumbag. But at least he has gullible friends like you. Someone ready to be his next victim.
who

Alexandria, VA

#58 May 9, 2013
What facts do any of you know or is everything I'm reading just ignorance?
travis rust

Chicago, IL

#59 Aug 4, 2014
Wow you people I'm just now reading all this and Want to say first off I'm not the rusty person that commented before...now all you people know nothing here's what little facts there are his story did keep changing he did run while I stayed with Edward he Did still have the gun and had it pointed at me when I went in but I'm not a coward and took charge of the situation they wasn't going to call the cops or anything they wanted to put him in my car and have me take him away where they wanted him who knows not to mention he had a stolen police gun how did he get it? Well he admited in court he beat up a kid untill he stole it for him hmmmm no history of violence there and oh yea the first year he was locked up he tried to get his mom to pay money to have a hit put out on me I know Zach cause Chico told me alllllll about it I'm still in Montgomery county you want me you coward then come get me I saw pics of you online recently your still the same baggy clothes wearing Wana be fatass you have always been come to me and I will lay you the fuck out I pray to people I pray for the day I read a headline saying this p.o.s killed himself or someone else did it for him anyone has a problim come out from behind your keyboard I promise I'll meet anyone anywhere just be a man and write back.....Jenny I'm still sorry for everything to this day and I mean everything if I could rewind time we would have never tried to go swimming that day and not a moment goes by I don't think about all of you
gstlab3

Newport, VA

#60 Aug 17, 2014
Linkous is a name that comes up a lot and its allways something bad.,
Troubled clan for sure.,
Even the guy that runs the Lightnin lube has race relations problems and he openly hates on blacks.
who

United States

#61 Oct 6, 2014
travis rust wrote:
Wow you people I'm just now reading all this and Want to say first off I'm not the rusty person that commented before...now all you people know nothing here's what little facts there are his story did keep changing he did run while I stayed with Edward he Did still have the gun and had it pointed at me when I went in but I'm not a coward and took charge of the situation they wasn't going to call the cops or anything they wanted to put him in my car and have me take him away where they wanted him who knows not to mention he had a stolen police gun how did he get it? Well he admited in court he beat up a kid untill he stole it for him hmmmm no history of violence there and oh yea the first year he was locked up he tried to get his mom to pay money to have a hit put out on me I know Zach cause Chico told me alllllll about it I'm still in Montgomery county you want me you coward then come get me I saw pics of you online recently your still the same baggy clothes wearing Wana be fatass you have always been come to me and I will lay you the fuck out I pray to people I pray for the day I read a headline saying this p.o.s killed himself or someone else did it for him anyone has a problim come out from behind your keyboard I promise I'll meet anyone anywhere just be a man and write back.....Jenny I'm still sorry for everything to this day and I mean everything if I could rewind time we would have never tried to go swimming that day and not a moment goes by I don't think about all of you
See still bs and retarded people making comments! U bud r a liar and a coward so don't be a computer gangster! Zach did not mean to kill Edward and why did u even Google zachs name hahaha r u that lonely and bored!!??? Just watch the things u post bc u do still live in Montgomery County; -)
you will find out soon

Roanoke, VA

#62 Monday Apr 6
travis rust wrote:
Wow you people I'm just now reading all this and Want to say first off I'm not the rusty person that commented before...now all you people know nothing here's what little facts there are his story did keep changing he did run while I stayed with Edward he Did still have the gun and had it pointed at me when I went in but I'm not a coward and took charge of the situation they wasn't going to call the cops or anything they wanted to put him in my car and have me take him away where they wanted him who knows not to mention he had a stolen police gun how did he get it? Well he admited in court he beat up a kid untill he stole it for him hmmmm no history of violence there and oh yea the first year he was locked up he tried to get his mom to pay money to have a hit put out on me I know Zach cause Chico told me alllllll about it I'm still in Montgomery county you want me you coward then come get me I saw pics of you online recently your still the same baggy clothes wearing Wana be fatass you have always been come to me and I will lay you the fuck out I pray to people I pray for the day I read a headline saying this p.o.s killed himself or someone else did it for him anyone has a problim come out from behind your keyboard I promise I'll meet anyone anywhere just be a man and write back.....Jenny I'm still sorry for everything to this day and I mean everything if I could rewind time we would have never tried to go swimming that day and not a moment goes by I don't think about all of you
Boy you sure are brave Mr. Travis Rust. Your day WILL come!! Like they said you do still live in Montgomery Co. And you are the biggest POS I know! If I were you I would watch what you say bc you can get it just like your friend did that day at the store. And then he saw Zach again and ran like the little bitch that he is..just like you will when the time comes. Just wait and see. You act like a badass but you are NOTHING but a pussy.

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