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#162 Jun 24, 2012
Melissa, you can keep your thank yous to yourself.
#163 Jun 27, 2012
Justice has been served! I have read all the posts here and I am certain about one thing. Noone deserves to determine when a person's time on this earth is through, only GOD determine's when our time on earth is through. Anyone that takes the life of another deserves to serve the time, regardless of whether they were drug users, or whether the victim was a drug user/supplier. Drug user's can be judged by GOD or a jury of their peers, not teenage junkies weilding handguns. As I was reading these posts I was praying that these men did not get a slap on the wrist! GOD bless Tim's family and friends. I am sure you have found some peace.
#164 Sep 2, 2012
Shoilda hung the little billy bastards. Now, I'll have to pay for their three hots and a cot for life. Shoot em and feed them to the yotes.
#165 Dec 4, 2012
I'm a lot closer to the situation than some of you, being related to Stephen. I'm a few years older than him, and trust me, he had a lot working against him. As a kid, he was misunderstood, easily influenced. His miserable excuse for a father went out of the way to teach him how to mistreat women, made racist statements in front of him (and me), and every time Stephen got in trouble, he was their to bail him out instead of let him take the fall and learn from his mistakes. His mother tried hard, but imagine having no power over what your husband says, watching one of your boys get away with everything and start treating people poorly because, "Well, hey, Dad said it was okay."
I spent a lot of summers at Stephen's house and even watched him on a regular basis. He had the ability to be a very sweet kid. What most of you probably don't know is that he loved children and would go out of his way to make them laugh and keep them safe. He took in stray animals every chance he could get, raising everything from orphaned pheasants to abandoned kittens and stray dogs.
That doesn't excuse what he did, though. For as sweet as he can be, he's definitely a follower, easily spooked, and way to easily influenced. As a child, RJ bullied him into doing things that he didn't want to all the time. RJ had always made me uncomfortable, as well as a large portion of my family. Even RJs other friends seemed wary around him, quick to do anything he said for fear that RJ would turn on them. RJ was quick to hit Stephen when they were kids, and I would frequently step in and stop RJ, frequently getting struck a few times myself. I'd never seen a kid so quick to anger. When I watched over Stephen and the others, I wouldn't let RJ over, and sometimes he would stand on the porch and beat on the door for upwards of an hour demanding to be let in or that Stephen would have to come out.
Love Stephen to death. I spent many late nights of my childhood playing video games with he and his brother, or going out to parks and playing. But the kid is dumb as a rock when it comes to common sense. He shouldn't have been RJs lackey for almost a decade, doing drugs and mistreating women, beating on other kids and starting fights. For an entire summer, they robbed camps and houses and sold the goods (guns, jewelery, etc etc) in other towns. Maybe if Stephen was smart enough to stay away from RJ then that poor man would still be alive, and their sorry asses wouldn't be in jail.
It sucks, because I miss the kid. I write to him on a regular basis, but it's not the same. I really wanted him to be a part of my life - and his daughters life - but alas, I guess it's not meant to be. It sucks, because if it weren't for this whole debacle, he'd be a good dad. He's got a good heart, it's his brain that's broken.
For the record: I don't think the punishment is too harsh. He knew what happened was wrong. He chose not to step forward. As far as I'm concerned, jail is where he should be. And yes, it breaks my heart a little to say that.
#166 Feb 5, 2013
How wonderful are the parents? When they made excuses for their son over and over and enabled him (RJ). We are not helping our children when we try to shield them from the consequences of their actions. And as for the Hall kid, that is just another example of a sociopath that we all saw coming, but had no way to do anything about until it is too late.
#167 Oct 9, 2014
I hope you ALL feel like geniuses. Because you ALL act as if you know every detail of what happened. THE MEDIA DOES NOT GIVE EVERY DETAIL. Not even the ones that sit in the damn court room! Oh, and the one who said, "i went to school with RJ...he asked me to go with him..." yeah, that kid was popular as hell and YOU followed him. YOU were in jail multiple times. Hell, YOU shared a cell with RJ for some time. I don't agree with what they did, I tried to help them for years, especially stephen because he is my relative.(let's see how many of you judge me for being related - prove your idiocy).
Yes, Marienville is a shitty town, but not everyone is going to end up horrible or into drugs and drinking.
As for RJ's sister, she was no help as RJ grew up. At all. She's far from a saint. She's been in jail as well.
Oh, and if Stephen knew RJ's "plan" to kill Tim, why would stephen run? The DA twisted that. Unless you know the boys, the interviewing that was recorded, were in the court room(s) or know the families... kindly step away and shut your mouths.
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