Soldier Kills Friend Over 'Hiccups' But Only Gets a Slap on the Wrist

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You know that idea that you can "scare away" someone's hiccups? Well, if you try that, might not want to use a gun. A Fort Hood, Texas soldier, Spc. Patrick Myers, will receive three and a half years prison time and a bad conduct discharge after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. His crime? He shot his friend in the head after trying to "scare away" his hiccups. But there's more to the story.

Patrick Myers was watching a football game with Isaac Lawrence when tragedy struck. Patrick said he thought the gun was loaded with "dummy rounds," and he thought that if he put the gun to his friend's head, it would scare him into his hiccups being cured.

But there's some major weirdness to this story. The pair had apparently been drinking all day. And to "scare" Pvt. Lawrence, I would assume this meant that Myers put the gun to his head in a threatening manner. After all, if he did it in a joking manner, then where would the scare be?

So whether or not Myers meant to kill his friend, the last thing Lawrence probably saw before he died was his pal putting a gun to his head -- and not knowing why. If Patrick was truly trying to frighten him, then his friend died scared. Horrible.

Also, even if Patrick did think "dummy rounds" were in the gun, WHY would he pull the trigger? Even dummy rounds that close up to someone's head could cause serious damage.

Sounds like the boozefest wiped out whatever glimmer of common sense this guy may have had to begin with. Guns aren't toys to be played with in games of "let's stop the hiccups."

Patrick's sentence is so light, it's almost non-existent. With good behavior, he could be out in half that time. Certainly, he might have a difficult time finding a job with this on his resume -- but as a former soldier, he'll probably find someone to give him a chance. I'm not saying the guy doesn't have a right to move on with his life, but this sentence is a slap on the wrist. I hope no one hires him as a security guard or any other job with access to a gun. I can only assume that Patrick's conscience will be his life sentence.

And if any of your friends get the hiccups, tell them to drink a glass of water or hold their breath.

Do you think this guy's sentence was fair?

 

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court... courtneycatt

With good behavior, he could be out in half that time. Certainly, he might have a difficult time finding a job with this on his resume -- but as a former soldier he'll probably find someone to give him a chance.


Not likely dishonorable discharge is a bad bad thing.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

That's a bullshit sentence.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

I think this was really a tragic accident and I think he accidently discharged it while trying to scare his friend. He was charged with "involuntary manslaughter". Not murder.



I think the sentence fits the crime.

the4m... the4mutts

DUMMY ROUNDS AND BLANKS ARE NOT THE SAME THING! Dummy rounds dont even come out with more force than a thump. Theyre to practice loading and unloading and dry fire with no way to possibly harm yourself in the process. So youre wrong about "even if theyre dummy rounds, they can cause serious damage"

I think think dumbass should be banned from ever owning a firearm again! I used dummy rounds for weeks to practice with my new 9mm. But never once did I aim it in an unsafe direction, or pretend to shoot someone. Theyre meant for SAFE practicing. I also never handle my firearms if I have had even 1 drink. If he is that stupid, IMO, the sentence is fine, but he should lose all rights to firearms on top of it.



PRIMA487 PRIMA487

Bullshit. Don't buy that story for a minute.

Denene Ruby McBride

Manslaughter is a felony in TX. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning a gun. At least this tool won't have legal access to a gun in the future.

nonmember avatar Brooke

He will more than likely have to deal with this guilt the rest of his life. How unfortunate it ended up that way.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Truthfully speaking or honestly lying. What art thou?

the4m... the4mutts

Denene- thats good to hear. Seeing as how Ive never attempted to murder anyone, and dont plan on being stupid enough to ever lose rights to my firearms, I'm not up on the laws that disqualify you for ownership.

nonmember avatar chz1809

for the love of God, Patrick is not a bad person. I've known him for years and clearly alcohol was a factor. yes, this will continue to haunt him but he's a genuine guy.

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