A mother's agony explodes as killer of son sentenced

Full story: Seattle Times 39
Linda Barzilai weeps during Friday's sentencing hearing of Ronald Lakey, who killed and mutilated her son. Full Story
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Stephannie

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Aug 1, 2006
I work with Linda Barzilai. I am a mother myself to a 16 year boy. I can't imagine her pain, but I witness it every day in the workplace. I find it absolutely incomprehensible that Lakey only received 17 years for his heinous and brutal crime. Drug addiction can be excuse to such evil violence. Linda is a most special person. I know her son David was a beautiful person because I know his mother. Is this justice? I think not. I despair that someone so evil is not incarcerated for his entire life.
Forgiveness

Seattle, WA

#2 Aug 1, 2006
I am also a mother of a 16 year old son, as to that I do feel Linda's pain. It is a terrible tragedy. However I think forgiveness is essential to healing. I have seen meth do horrible things to good people. Meth is the evil here, not Ron Lakey. I am so sorry for what happened to David. He in no way deserved that. However, Ron is not evil. He is a good person who did a very terrible thing. I know he is an artist, a poet and someone who can contribute to this world and hopefully help other addicts avoid this kind of thing.

Remember the line what would Jesus do, I think it also applies here.
Stephannie

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Aug 2, 2006
As Christians, we should forgive Mr. Lakey his crime. I pray that he has the opportunity, from prison, to help other addicts. I pray he can grow as artist and poet from prison. Forgiveness does preclude his prison sentence. Drug addicted or not, Mr. Lakey is responsible for the death of another person in a most heinous manner. I pray that he can find his own forgiveness from God, but I still believe he should have been sentenced to life in prison.
Bla

Bedford Hills, NY

#4 Aug 4, 2006
Stephannie wrote:
As Christians, we should forgive Mr. Lakey his crime. I pray that he has the opportunity, from prison, to help other addicts. I pray he can grow as artist and poet from prison. Forgiveness does preclude his prison sentence. Drug addicted or not, Mr. Lakey is responsible for the death of another person in a most heinous manner. I pray that he can find his own forgiveness from God, but I still believe he should have been sentenced to life in prison.
Maybe some can forgive him,,, sorry not me. Doubt God will either. Pray for someone like this.. bah!
Stuart Taylor

Seattle, WA

#5 Aug 4, 2006
Perhaps the family might find a little measured relief/peace, some semblance of release from the bondage that holds the Barzalai’s victim to Mr. Lakey’s healing powers. An excellent book by Howard Zehr titled “Changing Lenses” is an amazing book that expands on a brilliant program known as restorative justice. A program many decades old known around the world. Many countries even advocate the programs use in resolution. It removes the State, the lawyers and allows those directly affected to work through the suffrage, the pain, face to face, to find their much needed resolve.
Mahatma Gandhi

Seattle, WA

#6 Aug 4, 2006
The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Martin Luther King Jr

Seattle, WA

#7 Aug 4, 2006
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us."
Lindsay

United States

#8 Aug 4, 2006
It doesn't matter how "good" of a person someone is in the past, if they've gotten to a point where they can cut someone's hand off and stab them 237 times and carve "Pig" in their back....they have crossed a line. They don't need to be in society, period. There are people on death row for crimes WAY less violent than this, and this crazy asshole will be back on the streets in probably way less than 17 years.
Whatever you say about forgiveness, tell me YOU want to be hanging out with this guy.
Truth

Seattle, WA

#9 Aug 15, 2006
I think meth is an evil drug. I have seen many good people do horrible things. I think Meth is the evil, not Ron. The crime was horrible I admit that. But he was convicted of manslaughter for a reason. He had no malice aforethought or premeditation. He is as shocked and horrified by what happened as anyone else. I dont think he is in any way a danger to society. He is harmless. I think meth is the evil factor here.

And yes I would hang out with this guy. I happen to know he is a very good person. Much more safe then some of my soldier friends returing from Iraq as heroes after killing so many. I fear them, but love them and understand what they did for war.

Ron is not dangerous. Drugs are dangerous. I would absolutely hang out with him, hug him, have him around my children. As long as he was not using, I would NEVER want to be around him or anyone on meth amphetamines.
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#10 Aug 21, 2006
hmm please forgive the intrusion?
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#11 Aug 21, 2006
I was juror #2
I am not a Cristian
it was more difficult to sit through than you think
Lakey should have been found guilty of second degree murder.
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#12 Aug 22, 2006
There was one photo that was not displayed to us in the court room that was in the evidence glued to foam board available in the deliberation room that I cannot describe, way past the gore of the pathologists photos. We were not warned it would be there and now I have seen it, no horror movie can ruin my nights sleep like that picture. No I will not be hang in with Mr. Lakey.
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#13 Aug 22, 2006
furthermore I am not one to judge someone personally that I have not met, use of a drug is not an excuse, maybe a reason but he implicated himself on the stand when he said he "bonked" David on the head with a frying pan "to stop him, from what I don't know but to stop him", that sounds like intent to me, not premeditation but intent.
Bondo

New London, MO

#14 Aug 22, 2006
Truth , I think your dangerous and I hope you are never called as a juror for a case like this. Your statements are silly and it's people like you that blame loose gun laws on the murder rate. Guns dont kill people , people kill people. It comes down to a choice you do drugs and you know what they do to people and you keep doing them , then dont blame the state the drugs you took put you in ,drugs kill people , and people on drugs kill people even if you drink too many beers and drive a car you can kill the thing is he made the chioce to do the drugs so let him do the time . Besides what better place for a gay boy than prison . The judge did him a favor meals,a bed and all the salami he can swallow.
Truth wrote:
I think meth is an evil drug. I have seen many good people do horrible things. I think Meth is the evil, not Ron. The crime was horrible I admit that. But he was convicted of manslaughter for a reason. He had no malice aforethought or premeditation. He is as shocked and horrified by what happened as anyone else. I dont think he is in any way a danger to society. He is harmless. I think meth is the evil factor here.
And yes I would hang out with this guy. I happen to know he is a very good person. Much more safe then some of my soldier friends returing from Iraq as heroes after killing so many. I fear them, but love them and understand what they did for war.
Ron is not dangerous. Drugs are dangerous. I would absolutely hang out with him, hug him, have him around my children. As long as he was not using, I would NEVER want to be around him or anyone on meth amphetamines.
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#15 Aug 23, 2006
Bondo I only dissagree with the start of you're paragraph, I thought he was guilty of second degree murder, 17 years is not enough, you need to talk to the other jurors that whanted to burn him at the stake without thinking, and those that dissagreed with murder, they are the dangerous ones.
number 2

Bremerton, WA

#16 Aug 23, 2006
sorry I thought you're comment was dirrected towards me not truth, still statement like "people like you" people like who?
Hmmm

Olympia, WA

#17 Aug 30, 2006
If i didnt know any better, truth I would say you, forgiveness, stephannie, stuart taylor, and martin luther king as well as the great gandi are the same person! interesting I think!

I person makes his or her own choices on what they do in life and those who might chose to forgive and maybe he will be forgiven but Mr. Lakey deserves the death penalty and or life for the crime he committed.

Hie intent might not have been there for murder 1, butbhie intent was there for taking meth!!!

Meth is not evil! it does not have emotions but add a human to the equation and they are evil!!!

dont be fooled, soon he will reborn christian please have pitty on me, he should have thought.
Outraged and in the know

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Aug 31, 2006
I was there. I know the man. I've known him for many years. number 2, you are a shame on the legal system, and I am going to report you. Sleep on that dumb ass.
Hmmm

Olympia, WA

#19 Sep 1, 2006
Outraged, trail is over nothing to report!!!! everyone has right to there opinnon!! so chill out and quit acting like a Jackass!!!!!!!!
Mourning

Stanford, CA

#20 Sep 5, 2006
I was very close to David and had to move out of Seattle after 4 years of dealing with what happened. I am very sad about the results of the trial, but there is nothing else that can be done.

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