10-Year-Old's Long Sentence for Shooting Neo-Nazi Father Is Justice Served

judge's gavelSome have argued that a neo-Nazi dad murdered by his 10-year-old son had it coming. It's true Jeffrey Hall was not a nice man by most accounts, but a judge has come down hard on the child. The now 13-year-old has been sentenced to 10 more years in a state facility. It's better than the 40 years the boy was rumored to have gotten, but the earliest the teenager could get out is in seven years -- at age 20.

The child's childhood is over. Because that's what happens when you murder someone.

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Can we have sympathy for one of the youngest kids ever to be convicted of murder?

Certainly. He was just a kid, and as mentioned before, his childhood is no more. He will never spend a Saturday afternoon at a mall with his friends or go to the prom with a girl. 

By the time he's eligible for parole from the state's juvenile facility, the teen will no longer be a teen.

But the fact is, sympathy for the child does not mean approval for what he did, what a court has convicted him of doing. He murdered a human being. He shot his own father at point-blank range while dad was sleeping.

Murder is not OK. Not even when the person dead wasn't terribly nice.

Jeffrey Hall might have been a regional director of the National Socialist Movement, a white separatist group. He might not have been very nice to his son.

But he was a human being. And in a fair and just society, human beings -- no matter their "niceness" -- have value.

The boy had to be punished.

Who has your sympathy here: the boy or the dad?

 

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