14-year-old Demetrius Key pleads no c...

14-year-old Demetrius Key pleads no contest in beating death of...

There are 12 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 24, 2008, titled 14-year-old Demetrius Key pleads no contest in beating death of.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Demetrius Key appears at his custody hearing last October in Orange County. A 14-year-old accused of beating his 8-year-old brother to death last year pleaded no contest to manslaughter this morning in Orange ...

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Winter Haven, FL

#2 Nov 24, 2008
this makes me sick--he kills his brother and gets probation -- this is wrong--this sends the wrong message--this POS knew exactly what he was doing and he should get the max penalty for such a disgusting crime and his mother should get life in prison--he is not going to learn his lesson and when he turns 19 he will be doing more and more vicious act of violence at the tax payers expense--i am so appalled by this-he should rot in jail like his mother--he gets away with this--amazing what our society has become--and for the record we are ranked 18th in the country as far most dangerous--why? because we are letting this animals run free day in and day out--the punishments are not fitting the crime--before you know we will be ranked #1 and this is nothing to be proud of--
Snowbird

Rochester, NY

#3 Nov 24, 2008
Beautiful. The only relative they could find that was not a crackhead or in prison was a 'great' aunt. And thanks to the justice system for setting this psycho loose on the community. It would be nice if they would at least sterilize him and his mother so that before they are both arrested again neither is able to procreate.
Brevard

Milpitas, CA

#4 Nov 24, 2008
And we wonder why there are so many gangs...
Maxfield

Orlando, FL

#5 Nov 24, 2008
Who is to say this thug won't violate probation and kill or maim again? This sends the message to other thugs that murder under 19 is okay, you will just get a few years probation.
Real breakdown of family if the only relative is a "great" aunt. Agree with above poster that sterilization should be performed on him and mother to prevent breeding of additional thugs.
Liberals Strike Again

Lake Mary, FL

#7 Nov 24, 2008
Animals.

We'll see him in the headlines again. You can guarantee it.

THANK YOU LIBERAL JUDGE!
Tia

UK

#8 Jan 7, 2009
I wonder what makes a young boy so afraid of getting in to trouble that he goes so far to kill his own brother. Personally i think it was his elders influence and abuse that corrupted his mind so much. Maybe with rehabilitation and counselling at least another life will not be wasted through abusive parenting and instability.
Is he a thug that should be sterilised?Where would we all be if we felt that way about societies children when they commit crimes?That kind of attitude just breeds more hate. We would all start acting like nazis if we were allowed to behave that way. he is still a child. Look at him. hes a kid.Maybe he just needs a decent home and chance at a normal life, then at least another young life wont go to waste.
Darren

Briarcliff Manor, NY

#9 Feb 9, 2011
Wow since you were all there and obviously know the boy I wonder if any of you can tell me about the hellish life that creates the person who can do something like this. Seems to me some of you have to reference your political background or have a better of what the appropriate punitive measures should be in your comments. Do you realize hes a kid, a very messed up kid who faced circumstances that some of you would not last a day in. Do you think a sane rational person can commit a murder at all let alone much like this? No. I just wonder what sick and perverted punishments the majority of Americans would come up with if faced with ever having to decide a persons fate. You can not judge a child on a press release and not take into count the experiences that one has been through in life. Stop blaming people and try to understand the prevailing psychology that allows you to understand and prevent such things. For you holly rollers and politicians, stop preaching punitation and start preaching compassion and empathy towards what you do not understand. These are the ideals are what your beliefs are based on.
Really

Saint Cloud, FL

#10 Feb 12, 2011
He was 13 years old and knew right from wrong. He chose not to stop beating. He was 13 years old and knew if he was really being abused how to report it and get help. He chose not to until it was time to "claim abuse" for a defense or an excuse.

While there might be many good reasons for his anger control issues- hey just being a teenager is one- there are no excuses to warrant his not being punished harsher. DJJ can not enforce probation s for burglaries etc now properly.

And for simple psychology, if people knew no excuses were going to fly they would control themselves more.
JMONEY CHI TOWN

Huntington, IN

#11 Aug 24, 2011
Hopefully someone will beat him 2 death
Rick

Carrollton, TX

#12 Aug 25, 2011
Darren sez:

"I wonder if any of you can tell me about the hellish life that creates the person who can do something like this".

These behaviors are genetic. Environment may be an exacerbating factor, but by and large - folks like this are born that way, predisposed to animalistic behavior, ineffective impulse control, and poor social skills.
Tired of Silly

United States

#13 Aug 26, 2011
Darren wrote:
Wow since you were all there and obviously know the boy I wonder if any of you can tell me about the hellish life that creates the person who can do something like this. Seems to me some of you have to reference your political background or have a better of what the appropriate punitive measures should be in your comments. Do you realize hes a kid, a very messed up kid who faced circumstances that some of you would not last a day in. Do you think a sane rational person can commit a murder at all let alone much like this? No. I just wonder what sick and perverted punishments the majority of Americans would come up with if faced with ever having to decide a persons fate. You can not judge a child on a press release and not take into count the experiences that one has been through in life. Stop blaming people and try to understand the prevailing psychology that allows you to understand and prevent such things. For you holly rollers and politicians, stop preaching punitation and start preaching compassion and empathy towards what you do not understand. These are the ideals are what your beliefs are based on.
This animal should never be out in the world. But he will be....and he'll kill again. We've taught him that you can get away with it.

Since: Jun 11

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#14 Aug 26, 2011
Darren wrote:
Wow since you were all there and obviously know the boy I wonder if any of you can tell me about the hellish life that creates the person who can do something like this. Seems to me some of you have to reference your political background or have a better of what the appropriate punitive measures should be in your comments. Do you realize hes a kid, a very messed up kid who faced circumstances that some of you would not last a day in. Do you think a sane rational person can commit a murder at all let alone much like this? No. I just wonder what sick and perverted punishments the majority of Americans would come up with if faced with ever having to decide a persons fate. You can not judge a child on a press release and not take into count the experiences that one has been through in life. Stop blaming people and try to understand the prevailing psychology that allows you to understand and prevent such things. For you holly rollers and politicians, stop preaching punitation and start preaching compassion and empathy towards what you do not understand. These are the ideals are what your beliefs are based on.
This is psychobabble at its worst. You are an idiot at best. Stop trying to make excuses for anti-social behavior; this kid is a murderer, not a victim of circumstance. He is an animal and needs to be neutered and caged for the rest of his life. You represent one of society's greatest problems: Trying to validate incredibly violent acts by attempting to shift the blame on anything or anyone other than the perpetrator. Tell you what: If you actually believe what you wrote, invite this kid to live with you and your family and rehabilitate him yourself. Just keep him off the street so he can't kill anyone other than you or a member of your bleeding heart, liberal, Obama voting family.

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