Court rules manslaughter in beating death

A Corning man who beat his live-in girlfriend to death was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday but not the original murder charge he faced. Full Story
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unbelieveable

Portland, OR

#1 Oct 9, 2010
yet another one gets away with murder..
on a side note: what was the little girl doing home all alone in the middle of the night?
gonzo

Powder Springs, GA

#2 Oct 9, 2010
im calling bullsh*t on this one. an eye for an eye. it was obviously not self defence. "He grabbed the pan and beat her with it until it broke and punched and stomped on her until she was dead." sounds like real murder to me. well at least the california tax payers can pay for this heinous crime.
Resident

Redding, CA

#3 Oct 9, 2010
The thing about this case that makes it manslaughter, rather than a crime of passion, is that he "waited" for hours for her return. He acted in a pre-meditated manner, and the DA should appeal this decision. This man needs to pay for his crime. No matter how bad his wife was, he could have done what the rest of the world does; divorce her. Leave her. You just don't take the life of another human being. Passion...or not.
DWayne

Chico, CA

#4 Oct 9, 2010
gonzo wrote:
im calling **** on this one. an eye for an eye. it was obviously not self defence. "He grabbed the pan and beat her with it until it broke and punched and stomped on her until she was dead." sounds like real murder to me. well at least the california tax payers can pay for this heinous crime.
No one claimed self defense.
DWayne

Chico, CA

#5 Oct 9, 2010
unbelieveable wrote:
yet another one gets away with murder..
More proof that we need to stop reelecting DA Greg Cohen.
Listen More Talk Less

Red Bluff, CA

#6 Oct 9, 2010
This is the most pathetic, lack of justice I have ever seen. The defense attorney should be ashamed for defending this azzhat.
Just one more instance of this county taking the easy route and settling for an easy open and shut case. In other counties this would have taken a lot longer to get to trial and someone would have worked harder at getting a murder conviction.
We R 1

Chico, CA

#7 Oct 9, 2010
unbelieveable wrote:
yet another one gets away with murder..
on a side note: what was the little girl doing home all alone in the middle of the night?
One would assume that the mother decided to go out and party while her husband was working rather than stay at home with her child - adding to the defendants rage about the victim's apparent infidelity. While I in no way condone his violent reaction to her irresponsibility it does help to explain why he might have snapped. It seems reasonable to me that this could very well have been a crime of passion as the victim stoked the defendants rage to the point he snapped. It would seem the judge split the difference and found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter - a defensible position and no fault of the DA's office.
We R 1

Chico, CA

#8 Oct 10, 2010
Resident wrote:
The thing about this case that makes it manslaughter, rather than a crime of passion, is that he "waited" for hours for her return. He acted in a pre-meditated manner, and the DA should appeal this decision. This man needs to pay for his crime. No matter how bad his wife was, he could have done what the rest of the world does; divorce her. Leave her. You just don't take the life of another human being. Passion...or not.
He was waiting in his own house not to kill her I would suggest but getting increasingly concerned that she had left their child unattended while she was out partying....
SAMESTUFF DIFF DAY

United States

#10 Oct 10, 2010
what a crock of crap. tehang u co. gives folks that do less crimes more fines, time etc. strike 2 for them. he killed her plain & simple. should b a lot more than 11 yrs. wonder if this fool had $$$
We R 1gnorant

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Oct 11, 2010
We R 1 wrote:
<quoted text>He was waiting in his own house not to kill her I would suggest but getting increasingly concerned that she had left their child unattended while she was out partying....
Now, if you knew the guy, you would know he wasn't a caring father or a guy trying to keep his family together. He wasn't concerned that their daughter was left at home by herself. He really didn't give a damn about anyone but himself.

But we don't get to hear that story. We don't get to because the DA, and Corning PD, decided that they didn't need to hear testimony from people that could describe the bruises or black eyes.

The handling of this case is a complete failure from top to bottom. Starting with Corning PD and their inept "Detectives" and ending with a DA that was so sure of a conviction they chose not to ensure it by DOING THEIR JOBS.

So the next time you have a chance to cast a vote I ask that you give that vote to someone who isn't asleep at the wheel.
We R 1

Chico, CA

#12 Oct 11, 2010
If in fact what you say is true I stand corrected, my information is limited to what has been presented in the paper - I was playing devil's advocate only to suggest that there is another perspective on such domestic disputes that should be taken into account before passing judgement.
jen

Orland, CA

#13 Oct 11, 2010
this makes to people in tehama county that get a way with murder, for a manslaughter charge.so now its not just ok to kill your mom but now you can kill your girlfriend with a frying pan and get away with it.
jen

Orland, CA

#14 Oct 11, 2010
oops sorry misspelled two
dick

Oroville, CA

#16 Oct 11, 2010
jen wrote:
oops sorry misspelled two
...missing a few comas and periods as well...
just trying to help.
Lady

Oroville, CA

#17 Oct 11, 2010
What is really sad, is I just read on CNN that Misty Croslin got 25 years for selling drugs.

This guy brutally murders someone and gets 11.

Our justice system is f*cked....

I've heard rumors (not the best source to get your info, I know) that this woman was partying quite a bit, but I dont really see that as an excuse to kill her. If he didnt like it, why didnt he take a job closer to home? Or do the rational thing and end the relationship.(I suppose I shouldnt expect rational behavior from someone who kills their domestic partner with kitchen tools) Partier or not, I'm sure her daughter would much rather have a broken family than none at all, by the time this guy gets out his daughter will be a woman and probably hate his guts if she doesnt already.
WILL NEVER FORGET

Oxnard, CA

#20 Oct 11, 2010
YEAH I guess this D.A.was just too busy to talk to any ofher family or friends about what SHE had been going through the last 10 yrs.But they certainly had time to ralk about what poor Steve had to go through when she was "snickering " at him.Nobody in that courtroom spoke for her,nobody wanted to hear again HOW he killed her and that he just left her there for at least 2 hours before he decided to confess.Wouldnt you think he would have called for help,got her help?No all he could think about was getting there daughter not to see what he had done.Poor Steve!!! at least hes alive to talk for himself!!!I for one beleive he will get what he deserves and more in prison and after he gets out after his slap on the hand sentence.And they wonder why people in this country dont have any respect or loyalty for state and local officials...what a joke!!
gonzo wrote:
im calling **** on this one. an eye for an eye. it was obviously not self defence. "He grabbed the pan and beat her with it until it broke and punched and stomped on her until she was dead." sounds like real murder to me. well at least the california tax payers can pay for this heinous crime.
nan

United States

#21 Oct 12, 2010
I know excatly what Linda's family is going thru..
All you hear is what the woman who is dead did to provoc the beating. How do you know? She's dead and can't tell her side of the story
Same thing happened in 1994 in Corning when Brook's killed Ramirez and he walks the streets of Corning today a free man....
what

Portland, OR

#22 Oct 12, 2010
nan wrote:
I know excatly what Linda's family is going thru..
All you hear is what the woman who is dead did to provoc the beating. How do you know? She's dead and can't tell her side of the story
Same thing happened in 1994 in Corning when Brook's killed Ramirez and he walks the streets of Corning today a free man....
what happened,i guess i missed it..1994 you say?
Mo from Corning

La Mirada, CA

#23 Oct 12, 2010
You call this justice. So this means that I can get mad at someone and kill them and just get 11 years which will mean that he gets out in maybe 6. This is B.S. A women, mother, grandmother was killed by him. He admitted it. Life would not have been good enough. Death would had been perfect.May he rot in hell or spend the rest of his life like he was ther. This is not justice........
kendi

Oroville, CA

#24 Oct 12, 2010
not an intresting story

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