Hockey dad in fatal fight trying for ...

Hockey dad in fatal fight trying for parole

There are 75 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 11, 2008, titled Hockey dad in fatal fight trying for parole. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A Natick father who was convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of another dad at their son's hockey practice will try again for parole.

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Tony

Marlborough, MA

#1 Apr 11, 2008
Michael Costin's children and family will NEVER EVER see him again on this earth. Thomas Junta will be free to see and be with his family in 2-3 years, I believe. He caught a HUGE break just getting 6 years where he could have gotten up to 20. I think he should stay in and finish his time and think more about what he did and how it affected the other man's family.
MrMillCity_com

Boston, MA

#2 Apr 11, 2008
Tony wrote:
Michael Costin's children and family will NEVER EVER see him again on this earth. Thomas Junta will be free to see and be with his family in 2-3 years, I believe. He caught a HUGE break just getting 6 years where he could have gotten up to 20. I think he should stay in and finish his time and think more about what he did and how it affected the other man's family.
Well said. From the public's prospective, I think its tough for any of us to actually say if he needs more time...but early releases for parole certainly leaves the door wide open for debate.

It's an interesting case.

Sacrafyc

United States

#3 Apr 11, 2008
let him rot I say, if a kid in FLA gets life for killing a kid accidentally whileplaying WWE he should get life for intentionally killing this man, he outsized him by almost 100 lbs, and in front of children none the less, what will he do when No One Is Looking??????? he should stay in jail . the victims family lost a father and husband for life...so why should the scuymbag be released wihin 5 years????? this country legal system sucks sometime
Tony

Marlborough, MA

#4 Apr 11, 2008
Whether he needs more time or not, it's a question of fairness to the victim's family. Like I said, he already caught a HUGE break from the judge for only getting 6 years. He should serve the whole sentence, go on probation and thank his lucky stars. The other guy and his family wasn't as fortunate.
My spin

Chelmsford, MA

#5 Apr 11, 2008
The victim's family certainly didn't get a break. This dickhead only got six years and the victim and his family got a life sentence.

He should count his blessings that he only has a couple more years to go.
Dan

Boston, MA

#7 Apr 11, 2008
He doesn't deserve it! Let the bully serve his full sentence.
Gino

Lowell, MA

#8 Apr 12, 2008
BOB and Bell, he know his job. .

Since: Apr 08

Boston, MA

#9 Apr 14, 2008
Do you think Junta's kid will ever be cut from a team in his lifetime?
What is going on

Billerica, MA

#11 Apr 14, 2008
He deserved more than 6 years! Let him serve them all. He was an adult who knew what he was doing.
The SUN sucks

Boston, MA

#12 Apr 16, 2008
He deserves the death penalty. That kid will never see his father again.
Patti

West Medford, MA

#13 May 7, 2008
Don't you think 6 years is enough? He's being made an example for bad sports parents. Enough is enough. His kids are without a father as well.

Reminder: he thought the kids were too aggressive, too violent on the ice, Costin saw nothing wrong with their play, "that's hockey" was his response. The guy condoned violence, he was no boy scout himself. He initiated the altercation.

He's served 6 years, missed out on 6 years of his children's lives as well. He is a super Dad, and missing their games, their graduations, etc., is painful for him as well. I sympathize with Costin's family for their loss, especially his children. It's a no win situation for both sides. Costin's father forgave Junta, it's time for the rest of you.
The nerve

United States

#14 May 7, 2008
This reminds of the RedSox / Yankees murder. This man obviously has anger issues. To kill another parent over your kids hockey game is pretty bad. He should stay in prison.

Since: Apr 08

Lexington, MA

#15 May 7, 2008
Patti wrote:
Don't you think 6 years is enough? He's being made an example for bad sports parents. Enough is enough. His kids are without a father as well.
Reminder: he thought the kids were too aggressive, too violent on the ice, Costin saw nothing wrong with their play, "that's hockey" was his response. The guy condoned violence, he was no boy scout himself. He initiated the altercation.
He's served 6 years, missed out on 6 years of his children's lives as well. He is a super Dad, and missing their games, their graduations, etc., is painful for him as well. I sympathize with Costin's family for their loss, especially his children. It's a no win situation for both sides. Costin's father forgave Junta, it's time for the rest of you.
NO six years is not enough. Put yourself in the victim's shoes.
Alexandra

Billerica, MA

#16 May 7, 2008
6 years for murder, maybe the rest of us should only get that too, if we choose that path. Serve the whole term, like Tony says he already got his break. When your a parent you are a role model.
The nerve

United States

#17 May 7, 2008
Patti wrote:
Don't you think 6 years is enough? He's being made an example for bad sports parents. Enough is enough. His kids are without a father as well.
Reminder: he thought the kids were too aggressive, too violent on the ice, Costin saw nothing wrong with their play, "that's hockey" was his response. The guy condoned violence, he was no boy scout himself. He initiated the altercation.
He's served 6 years, missed out on 6 years of his children's lives as well. He is a super Dad, and missing their games, their graduations, etc., is painful for him as well. I sympathize with Costin's family for their loss, especially his children. It's a no win situation for both sides. Costin's father forgave Junta, it's time for the rest of you.
Have you ever watched Hockey? It IS a violent sport (atleast it was in the good old days) and if you don't want your kid to get hurt, then don't let them play. Hockey isn't the only violent sport either. 6 yrs is not enough time for murder.
Patti

West Medford, MA

#18 May 8, 2008
It wasn't a premeditated murder, it was a few punches with an unfortunate result. He walked away from Costin twice before retaliating. Hasn't someone ever pushed you too far?
There was medical evidence not allowed to be presented in this case. Costin was the victim that someone else wouldn't have been.
And to answer The Nerve, yes, I've watched hockey, and my kids don't play it and never will.
The nerve

United States

#19 May 8, 2008
Patti wrote:
It wasn't a premeditated murder, it was a few punches with an unfortunate result. He walked away from Costin twice before retaliating. Hasn't someone ever pushed you too far?
There was medical evidence not allowed to be presented in this case. Costin was the victim that someone else wouldn't have been.
And to answer The Nerve, yes, I've watched hockey, and my kids don't play it and never will.
Then you agree, he should stay in jail.
Thank You.
Patti

West Medford, MA

#20 May 8, 2008
No, I think his children deserve a father, is it better to have 6 children without a father or 4? Is it better to support him in jail or let him work again and support himself?

Again, I remind you, he thought the kids were too rough and wanted it stopped, Costin thought their play was fine.
The Chelmsford Flash

North Augusta, SC

#21 May 8, 2008
Patti wrote:
It wasn't a premeditated murder, it was a few punches with an unfortunate result. He walked away from Costin twice before retaliating. Hasn't someone ever pushed you too far?
There was medical evidence not allowed to be presented in this case. Costin was the victim that someone else wouldn't have been.
And to answer The Nerve, yes, I've watched hockey, and my kids don't play it and never will.
Sorry Patti you're all wet on this one.
1. Were it your husband that was murdered...?
2. How do you know it was not premeditated? What were the thoughts going through the mind of that 275 lb. bully as he was pummeling a 175 lb. man, in front of his young children?

The fact that he was NOT tried for murder is a sad and very telling look into the downward spiral of our criminal justice system.

You Patti, need to elevate your thinking!
her

Windsor, CT

#22 May 8, 2008
Tough situation this one. Many men have had fights, been punched, punched others themselves. Very few end in death thankfully. I suppose that was the last thing on this mans mind. To kill another human being, but unfortunately it did come down to that. Two families changes forever over something that never had to happen. I would hate to be the families in this situation I see both sides. I hope the best for all involved, whatever that could possibly be.

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