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Early Parole Denied To South Carolina Gay Basher

There are 22 comments on the lezgetreal.com story from Feb 11, 2009, titled Early Parole Denied To South Carolina Gay Basher. In it, lezgetreal.com reports that:

This morning a South Carolina Parole Board denied early parole for Stephen Moller, a man who threw a fatal punch to Sean Kennedy after using an anti-gay slur.

Kennedy was openly gay.

Initially charged with murder in the case, Moller was jailed for seven months before the charges were reduced to manslaughter. At that point, Moller was released on bond. Moller then plead guilty to punching Sean Kennedy outside a Greenville County bar, killing him. Kennedy fell and struck his head, causing a fatal brain injury.

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TTIN

Bay City, MI

#21 Feb 13, 2009
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Actually, the legal system makes distinctions based on intent all the time. There's a difference between intending to run someone over and hitting them and accidentally hitting someone.
A death from a single punch is so freakish that you can rule out intent to kill. That doesn't absolve the killer of responsibility.
At least in my state if there's intent to harm and the person winds up dead it's 1st degree murder even if you only meant to hurt the person but not kill them. If the attack wasn't planned at all(not even a minute) but was the result of rage it's 2nd degree murder. Although most 2nd degree murder convictions are the result of plea bargains for 1st degree murders.

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Since: Jun 08

Highspire, PA

#22 Feb 14, 2009
TTIN wrote:
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At least in my state if there's intent to harm and the person winds up dead it's 1st degree murder even if you only meant to hurt the person but not kill them. If the attack wasn't planned at all(not even a minute) but was the result of rage it's 2nd degree murder. Although most 2nd degree murder convictions are the result of plea bargains for 1st degree murders.
I'd love to see a link to that statute, because first degree murder is usually considered pre-meditated murder, not pre-meditated "intent to beat up" or "intent to harm."

At any rate, that's not the law in that state.

I hope the perpetrator gets the maximum under the relevant charge, and that his life is ruined beyond that.
But it looks like a freak occurrence with deadly consequences for the victim to me, not like first degree murder.

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