Froehlich pleads guilty to involuntar...

Froehlich pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter charge

There are 18 comments on the Jacksonville Daily News story from Aug 18, 2007, titled Froehlich pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter charge. In it, Jacksonville Daily News reports that:

“The hardest part is my two kids still ask where their Uncle Blake is”

Niklaus Walter Froehlich changed his plea to guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday morning and was sentenced to less than two years in prison and ordered to pay his victim's family $3,000 in restitution. via Jacksonville Daily News

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David

Plymouth, NH

#1 Aug 22, 2007
I'm a friend of the families and Blake was a kind hearted guy who was there for his friends, family, and anyone who needed help. It's a shame that a criminal type like Froehlich can just pick a fight at random and killsomeone and the judge lets him get off with a slap on the wrist. God bless you Blake where ever you and and we hope you know that we will never let people forget what happened.
Someone

Aiken, SC

#2 Mar 31, 2008
There are so many people out there that pick fights when they're drunk. Niklaus just happened to be one of those guys. And I'm sick of people saying that he didn't show remorse for this man. I do recall this ever so pompous man in tears when telling me what had happened.. yes, partially fear of oncoming consequences, but also out of symphathy for this innocent victim.
Brianna

Anaheim, CA

#3 May 31, 2008
Niklaus Froehlich is the most warm hearted man I have EVER known. He would NEVER hurt anyone unless it was self defense. Two years is too long to me, he hit the guy once after he tried to hurt Nik. That judge is full of it. Nik is sooo deeply saddened by the loss of him and for his family. It is so wrong for anyone on here to judge people that they dont even truly know. Good people like Niklaus would never do something like that to anyone...The "victim" shouldnt be drunk and picking fights, why doesnt anyone ask the FAMILY member that he supposedly was going to attack what happened? The system makes me F*N sick !!!!!!!!!!
known associate

Long Beach, NY

#4 Aug 24, 2008
Froehlich was a troubled soldier that was once under my command. Our unit was in the processes of chaptering him out of the military for being in constant trouble. I have never met a more disrespectful soldier in my career and was not surprised to hear the news. If the chain of command in our unit in Germany where Froehlich was stationed had banned him from taking leave this would have never happened. For those of you who say he would never hurt a soul, you obviously did not know Nik that well. On more then one occasion I have personally picked Nik up from the MP station for fighting. He was a loose cannon who when first arrived to our unit bragged that he had a warrant out for his arrest in North Carolina for assault. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the victim's family, it was the military's mistake to send him home, for when he got back there was going to be a court marshall to send him to Ft. Leavenworth for a long time.
Uncle Craig

Bangor, ME

#5 Oct 18, 2008
Thank you for your comment. Blake was my nephew and it all seems as though it happened yesterday. Froehlich is soon to be released from prison and it is not right. We have heard so much hear-say, like the service taking him from jail to serve time for what ever it was that he did when he was there. I only hope that this murderer goes to jail in the service (or whatever it is they call it). It is just not right. How Froehlich can live with himself is beyond belief. In court he grinned, my nephews mother and father looked at him and he grinned...no remorse and he will continue his behaviors. Somehow your comment recognizes our feelings. Thank you.
known associate wrote:
Froehlich was a troubled soldier that was once under my command. Our unit was in the processes of chaptering him out of the military for being in constant trouble. I have never met a more disrespectful soldier in my career and was not surprised to hear the news. If the chain of command in our unit in Germany where Froehlich was stationed had banned him from taking leave this would have never happened. For those of you who say he would never hurt a soul, you obviously did not know Nik that well. On more then one occasion I have personally picked Nik up from the MP station for fighting. He was a loose cannon who when first arrived to our unit bragged that he had a warrant out for his arrest in North Carolina for assault. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the victim's family, it was the military's mistake to send him home, for when he got back there was going to be a court marshall to send him to Ft. Leavenworth for a long time.
Uncle Craig

Bangor, ME

#6 Oct 18, 2008
Thank you for your comment. Blake was my nephew and it all seems as though it happened yesterday. Froehlich is soon to be released from prison and it is not right. We have heard so much hear-say, like the service taking him from jail to serve time for what ever it was that he did when he was there. I only hope that this murderer goes to jail in the service (or whatever it is they call it). It is just not right. How Froehlich can live with himself is beyond belief. In court he grinned, my nephews mother and father looked at him and he grinned...no remorse and he will continue his behaviors. Somehow your comment recognizes our feelings. Thank you.
Benton

Tallulah, LA

#7 Nov 1, 2008
I was told in person from Nik that the guy never hit him and he has his own things to deal with. He also said he would never tell a judge that though.
Niklaus

Wilmington, NC

#8 Dec 11, 2008
Look Ive done and said a lot of things in my life that i regret, none so much as what happend with Blake. Ive never been a good person and maybe i never will be, but i am sorry Blake died ,and i would take his place if i could. im sorry to his family and friends, i truly am. thats all i can do to make it right
Sonya

United States

#9 Dec 16, 2008
There is nothing you can do to make up for a life that is taken. As written in the bible, " eye for an eye"... But from this moment on, you can CHOOSE to do what is write. God forgives those that have a favorable heartfelt condition. Learn from the bible the right course to live and deal with your conscience on this matter. It's not between you and them - it's between you and God.
mullane

New Bern, NC

#10 Mar 3, 2009
Nik, who is your father?
Brianna

United States

#11 Mar 4, 2009
mullane wrote:
Nik, who is your father?
Niks father is Klaus Froehlich...
Niklaus IS an amazing and outstanding human being.
He would never hurt anyone to the point of death intentionally I have known this kid all my life and I can honestly say he is a remarkable person.
What has happened is tragic and it haunts him every day and maybe he was a little troubled and out of control at times but havent we all been a little troubled? havent we all gotten into a fight? no one ever throws a punch at someone and expects him to die, if Blake hadnt been drunk when he fell over maybe he wouldnt have had a brain hemmorage. Everything happens for a reason and as for the Army, they did give him leave and if they hadnt it wouldnt of ever happened but it did and only God knows why. Its all a part of his plan. Only small minds such as everyone on here I have read can think so poorly of someone they have never met. Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect but it is NO ONES right to judge him except for God.
Niklaus

Wilmington, NC

#12 Jan 2, 2010
Brianna Thank u so much sweetheart for being a truley amazing friend! Oh and to sonya from NJ if u read ur bible eye for an eye was old testiment law and in the gospel of christ our lord says all things are made new through me so old testiment law does not apply anymore if u believe that sort of thing.
monty

Asbury Park, NJ

#13 Mar 13, 2010
When I met nik, I saw a different person than most would have. He obviously was never fully understood by his chain of command. He did get into a spot of trouble when he got to europe, but to condemn him for a few bad instances is ludacris. I remember a few instances where he was defending himself and someone got lumped up as a result, but it was never unwarranted. I say try to understand someone before you judge them.
JGardner

New City, NY

#14 Jul 12, 2010
I knew Nik as a young man. He has certainly made some bad decisions in life. I am not a pyschologist but the Nik I knew had a good heart. I think he needs the support of society and he can truly be a productive member in it. I am so sorry for the death of Blake and nothing can replace that moment. When Nik's time is up, we would do better to support and help him rather than continue to judge and condemn. I know the person who is there...I hope to see that again.
Yes, if the military thought he was a loose cannon, why did they turn him loose unsupervised?
Scouts Out

Lillington, NC

#15 Nov 9, 2012
I also served with froehlich and I can say he is a nice guy but he also had no respect for authority or for others when he was aggressive. The cadre encouraged and rewarded risk takers like him. He confused me with his swings. One day he would follow the rules and then the next he would break EVERY rule. I am retired from the army now and I can say for sure that his behavior was noted while he was in. As to people saying somehow this could have been prevented, as long as there are crazy wars there will be crazy people to fight them. How could the army had known he would kill a man with a punch? I am saddened that this was two service members that should have been embracing and supporting one another instead of fighting. They could have been out the wire fighting side by side under different circumstances. God will judge us all in the end.
robert

Grand Blanc, MI

#16 Jul 15, 2013
i was in prison with nik and shared deep talks about this it was not intentional a accident period.
Rachel

Jacksonville, NC

#17 Oct 1, 2015
This guy is the biggest piece of shit!!!! He killed Blake and now he's involved in another murder!!!! How many lives does he have to take before they lock him under the jail????
I Am

Oxford, AL

#18 Apr 11, 2016
Brianna wrote:
Niklaus Froehlich is the most warm hearted man I have EVER known. He would NEVER hurt anyone unless it was self defense. Two years is too long to me, he hit the guy once after he tried to hurt Nik. That judge is full of it. Nik is sooo deeply saddened by the loss of him and for his family. It is so wrong for anyone on here to judge people that they dont even truly know. Good people like Niklaus would never do something like that to anyone...The "victim" shouldnt be drunk and picking fights, why doesnt anyone ask the FAMILY member that he supposedly was going to attack what happened? The system makes me F*N sick !!!!!!!!!!
Is this the same Nik that killed a young girl in cold blood in an motel room in Jville NC??

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