Columbia teen gets 13 years in beatin...

Columbia teen gets 13 years in beating death

There are 24 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Columbia teen gets 13 years in beating death. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A judge today sentenced a Columbia teenager to 13 years in prison after he had pleaded guilty to killing another teen by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat last year.

Kevin Francis Klink, 19, will serve 10 years for voluntary manslaughter and three years for a dangerous-weapon charge. Howard County Circuit Court Judge Lenore R. Gelfman handed down the sentence this morning.

Klink pleaded guilty last month to killing Robert Brazell Jr., 18, of Ellicott City during a brawl around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2007, that involved nearly two dozen teenagers at the football stadium of Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. Read more

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Longer Punishment

Catonsville, MD

#1 Mar 3, 2008
I think the punishment in this case should have been alot longer. When you take someone's life, as this individual did, then you need to pay the consequences especially for a senseless killing like this one. Robert Brazell did not deserve to die regardless of what the argument or differences were between these two teens. Nobody knows if Klink had the intent to kill Brazell but everyone can agree that hitting someone in the head with a baseball bat is like walking in the middle of Interstate 95 during rush hour traffic. I hope the parents and family of Brazell file a lawsuit against Klink for the murder of their son.
Hebron Graduate

Unionville, MD

#2 Mar 4, 2008
I hope Kevin gets out in the 6 1/2 years. Try doing some more research before you read a 2 paragraph snippet and make such harsh comments.
I knew both groups of kids, and they both were far from angels. I didn't like either group of kids. Something like this was bound to happen to one or both of them eventually. In the past year alone they had many run ins with the law and drugs.
Point being: Kevin went to the fight to watch. Most people will watch a fight if they know it's going down. It's human nature. While watching, he saw his friend in a fight and getting beaten to the ground. He didn't step in, his friend got into a fight and lost.
Than after that, he saw Robert get up and stand over the kid, preparing to beat him AGAIN after he was already on the ground beaten badly.
Kevin didn't bring a bat and had no intentions of fighting ahead of time. He went there out of curiosity. He took one swing, and a lot happens very fast in a fight. For all you know he aimed at this kids back and by the time he swung the kid had moved.
On the other hand:
Robert, helped instigate the fight, went there with every intention of fighting and was also intoxicated. He beat a kid to the ground and then stood over him, preparing to beat him again. Before he had a chance to hit was hit once.
Both of them made their own decisions, they are both old enough to do that. Roberts family should not gain any financial benefit from this horrible incident by filing a law suit, both families have already been through so much. You're a horrible person for making judgment when you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. These two teens didn't have any arguments or differences, Kevin didn't go to Hammond high school. Again, went there to watch not to fight.
Yes, people do know that Klink didn't have intentions to kill, it's been stated many times in many articles, Which is why the murder charges were dropped. Again, Research could be your friend if you didn't believe everything that was hand fed to you and did a little bit of investigating yourself.
It doesn't take much to kill someone when you hit them in the wrong spot. Fist, bat, I don't care what you're using. If Kevin went there with intentions of harming people (like Robert did) than I would say send him away for longer. But he was merely defending his friend. If he wasn't there, you may be giving the same speech about how Robert isn't in jail long enough because he just may heave beaten that kid to death.
I would agree with you in that situation because he went there to fight.
I also know I wouldn't participate in such a foolish fight, but if for some reason or any reason I ever ended up in a 'brawl' and was beaten to the ground, I would hope one of my friends would grab a bat and come to the rescue before watching me get beat again. I just wish they wouldn't be so unfortunate as to hit someone in a spot where they die after one contact.
try doing some research, if you're from Maryland like it says you are, you can easily call news stations or talk to people around Mt Hebron who know what happened. Or hell, most of the information I gave you is available readily on the internet with a little bit of searching.
xxx

Baltimore, MD

#3 Mar 5, 2008
Personally, I think that everyone who showed up at a fight where someone died should be locked up for a good long time. Making excuses for these children and their illegal and dangerous behavior contributes to the frequency at which such things happen. Perhaps if the families had been less like you, and not been so understanding of this type of behavior, this would have never happened to their children.
Columbia

Unionville, MD

#4 Mar 5, 2008
For all we know, their families were tough on them. Some kids are just bad apples.

I personally think the punishment fits the crime, and i'm also hoping he gets out early. From the articles I read online they state he showed up to watch the fight.

(in high school and middle school... everyone watched a fight when you heard about it. I don't know of anyone who didn't).

Seems like he didn't enter the fight until his friend, who was already on the ground battered was about to be beaten again. He then picked up a bat that he didn't bring and swung once to protect his friend.

While I wouldn't have picked up a bat, I do know that in cases with guns it's not considered murder until you shoot them multiple times. one time can be considered defense. That's what he did. He hit this kid one time.

I dont know how I feel about the whole situation, and while its so sad at the loss of life in such a negative way, I don't know if its helping anything by keeping kevin locked up longer over a case of defense. No matter how sad the loss of life was.
Hebron Graduate

Catonsville, MD

#5 Mar 6, 2008
Do some research on what ? It sounds like you have some biases and cannot see the picture clearly. I guess in your little closed off world it's ok to kill someone and get away with it. Grow up.
Hebron Graduate

Catonsville, MD

#6 Mar 6, 2008
From reading the post by Hebron Graduate it sounds like he is biased. He believes that it's ok to hit someone on the head with a bat. It's ok to fight people. It's ok because he is Kevin's friend and because he is Kevin's friend Kevin is INNOCENT. Guess what Hebron Graduate ? It looks like you need to take a course in Law 101. When you kill someone you go to Jail. Guess what ? Your friend Kevin killed someone and now it's time for him to go to Jail and pay the consequences. I agree with the other poster. You do need to grow up.
Poor baby

Catonsville, MD

#7 Mar 6, 2008
It sounds like the Hebron graduate is a big cry baby.
Kevin Klink

Catonsville, MD

#8 Mar 6, 2008
Hey hebron graduate. Your boy klink is gonna be someone's bitch in prison. It's ok, you two can get back together and be a couple again when he gets released.
Reality

United States

#9 Aug 20, 2008
Klink should not be released a day early from his lenient sentence. All parties involved should be charged. There is no excuse or explanation from such barbaric behavior. These kids are truly animals. There is no need for further "research", murder is the most atrocious of crimes next to rape, and Klink should be utterly ashamed of himself. Hopefully, he emerges in 13 years a better person.
You are all Ignorant

Mclean, VA

#10 Sep 12, 2008
First of all... "Guess what Hebron Graduate ? It looks like you need to take a course in Law 101. When you kill someone you go to Jail." - Actually instead of making yourself look like a jackass, you should try taking a look at law. The truth is, he could have argued that as he saw his friend in danger of death, he responded with equivalent force that he felt necessary. Now whether or not the defense can convince the jury that his use of force was equal to the degree of which his friend was receiving, is what the real question is.
Secondly... "There is no need for further "research", murder is the most atrocious of crimes next to rape, and Klink should be utterly ashamed of himself." - You need to realize what murder is. Murder is defined by not only the act of killing someone, but the intent. But by your rationale, self-defense and the like are murder. But thankfully, that is not the case. Klink was one with high morals, and those morals included protecting his friends, something all would hope their friends have. So you tell me, if you see your best friend getting stomped on by 2 people, do you just sit and watch? No, you run over there and assist... so Klink made the wrong decision to pick up a bat and hit the kid in the head, but then again, small differences could make the difference between a hero or a villian.
Lastly... "Hey hebron graduate. Your boy klink is gonna be someone's bitch in prison. It's ok, you two can get back together and be a couple again when he gets released." - You are most likely a pathetic douchebag, that never did, and never will measure up to someone like klink.... and the truth is, you're bitter, because even though you're not in prison, you're still everyone's bitch.

Since: Sep 08

Catonsville, MD

#11 Sep 12, 2008
Hebron Graduate wrote:
“Point being: Kevin went to the fight to watch. Most people will watch a fight if they know it's going down. It's human nature.”
Hebron, it may be in your nature, but such brutality disgusts others; after all, many would prefer to not watch a fight and instead go elsewhere in search of peace.
Hebron Graduate wrote:
“For all you know he aimed at this kids back and by the time he swung the kid had moved[…]You're a horrible person for making judgment when you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.”
I see that, according to your own logic, you don’t hold yourself any higher.

[QUOTE who="You are all Ignorant”]“Klink was one with high morals, and those morals included protecting his friends, something all would hope their friends have. So you tell me, if you see your best friend getting stomped on by 2 people, do you just sit and watch? No, you run over there and assist...”[/QUOTE]

Klink would have convinced his friend to be the bigger man—to not show for such a pathetic, vicious, inhuman way of resolving a conflict—if he really did have high morals. If Klink had high morals, he would have acted in [i]everyone’s[/i] best interest by asking the police to end the fight before it ever began that night.

Since: Sep 08

Catonsville, MD

#12 Sep 12, 2008
Hebron Graduate wrote:
“Point being: Kevin went to the fight to watch. Most people will watch a fight if they know it's going down. It's human nature.”
Hebron, it may be in your nature, but such brutality disgusts others; after all, many would prefer to not watch a fight and instead go elsewhere in search of peace.
Hebron Graduate wrote:
“For all you know he aimed at this kids back and by the time he swung the kid had moved[…]You're a horrible person for making judgment when you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.”
I see that, according to your own logic, you don’t hold yourself any higher.
You are all Ignorant wrote:
“Klink was one with high morals, and those morals included protecting his friends, something all would hope their friends have. So you tell me, if you see your best friend getting stomped on by 2 people, do you just sit and watch? No, you run over there and assist...”
Klink would have convinced his friend to be the bigger man—to not show for such a pathetic, vicious, inhuman way of resolving a conflict—if he really did have high morals. If Klink had high morals, he would have acted in everyone’s best interest by asking the police to end the fight before it ever began that night.
Shut Up

Laurel, MD

#13 Oct 5, 2009
No one has pretty much anything to say. All of you are stupid and don't know shit. Those of you throwing judgement towards Klink should look in the mirror. If I was beating your wife, brother, sister, or mother near death with my hands, you wouldn't jump in stop me. Instead you would watch? Sounds more like being a coward, hate to be a loved one of yours. Talking about killing and what is right and wrong, this is all in the area of perception. I really don't care what any of you people say. Most of you guys are dumb rednecks. Leave him alone and get on on with your shitty lives making minimum wage. What's right and what's wrong, give me a break and grow up.
Crystal Brazell

United States

#14 Feb 25, 2010
RIP Robby. Its sad to reflect on what happened, and to read such harsh words from some people. He was not a bad person, and he was apart of my family, my younger cousin, almost like my brother. People can say he was a "bad apple" but he was just an 18 year old teenager.... I love & Miss you Robby! May your memory go on! "one blessing that has come out of his son's death is that his organs have saved the lives of five people, including an infant girl who received part of his liver."
jimmy

Westminster, MD

#16 Mar 6, 2010
the suspects name is klink.....ironic....that is where he was sent for 13 years
Seattle

Seattle, WA

#17 Mar 23, 2010
I live in Washington state and when i was 16 I came out to visit my then boyfriends old friends in Columbia, MD. I met some of the most real people out there...and Klink was one of them. I was sad for Roberts family and I was sad for Klinks family. Its a mixed emotion. But I know klink would never purposely try to injure someone to the point of death. I flew back over there when I found out what happened in 07 and I got to say goodbye to him.. cause who knows where life will lead you everything happens for a reason and can happen so suddenly.
YouHelpFixIt

Elkridge, MD

#18 May 11, 2010
O SA MAI AUZI DE MINE!

Cu ceva timp in urma am citit pe un site ca in 1972, la Munchen, Rustem Kazakov (acest Stefan cel Mare al nostru) a castigat titlul olimpic la lupte greco-romane. Daca noi am mai obtine macar inca o astfel de victorie… din acel moment nicio tara, niciun guvern nu ar mai putea sa ii ignore pe tatarii crimeeni.

Un al doilea succes ar insemna enorm. Si cand spun asta nu ma gandesc la acea fata care vine sa iti puna medalia la gat. O noua izbanda ar demonstra lumii intregi ca noi nu suntem un popor care sa traiasca la marginea istoriei.

Daca ar fi sa-l parafrazez pe George Orwell, conationalii nostri ca sa se revolte trebuie sa isi constientizeze puterea, dar ca sa isi constientizeze puterea trebuie sa se revolte.

Sunt numeroase state care incearca sa ne falsifice istoria, sa ne dezmosteneasca. Cica noi am fi sciti, pecenegi, cumani, insa nimeni nu spune ca noi suntem de fapt mongoli vorbitori ai unei limbi turcice.

Cel care, in viitorul sa speram nu prea indepartat, va obtine acest al doilea succes major cu siguranta ca va ramane in cartea de istorie indiferent care ar fi slabiciunile lui.

Daca nu gresesc eu Platon este acela care spune in dialogurile sale un mare adevar si anume ca o lupta intre doua armate ar fi de o incrancenare extraordinara in cazul in care la acea batalie ar asista si femeile.

Este la fel de veridic ca multa vreme dupa ce am terminat scoala mi-a ramas in inima imaginea unei fete cu totul si cu totul deosebite, o persoana joviala si plina de feminitate care pentru mine a reprezentat un etalon de frumusete..

In viata insa nu poti sa ai tot ce doresti Dar in momentul in care castigi intr-o confruntare de o asemenea amploare si ai parte de glorie uiti de chinuri, de efortul depus, de greutatile intampinate, de sacrificiile pe care le-ai facut.

Musulmanii au o vorba. Se spune ca uneori Allah poate sa amane o victorie pentru a iti da o victorie si mai mare.
YouHelpFixIt

Elkridge, MD

#19 May 11, 2010
Blah blah blah....always some excuse...he killed someone so now he must die.
hasta

United States

#20 Dec 30, 2011
So where were the girls during all of this ?
Lifer Couch

Chesapeake, VA

#21 Dec 31, 2011
You don't know him

You can't judge him

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