Mom Wants Her Own Son to Get Death Penalty

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syringe“He should get the death penalty for what he’s done,” were the words of a mother, Jennifer Cloninger, directed at her own son. What has he done to warrant that his own mother wish the death penalty on him? 

Last Friday, Cloninger’s son, Matthew Safrit, shot and killed his stepfather, Nathan Cloninger. In the process, he stabbed his mother as she tried to protect her dying husband from the wrath of Safrit. The family fight began over a car and quickly escalated to a murderous rampage. Safrit, who is battling depression, was high on drugs and alcohol when the incident took place.

Obviously, these were not the actions of a stable person. I completely agree that Matthew Safrit should be incarcerated and punished by law. After all, he did murder someone. Whether he was drunk and high is irrelevant, he did he crime; now he needs to be punished by law.

Lots of people get drunk and high and hate their step dad, but lots of people don’t use the family squabble as an excuse to kill their step father and stab their own mother. Of course, I’m pretty sure that mommy dearest was simply collateral damage. Junior was so engrossed in the throes of murdering his step daddy she just got in the way as Safrit tried to get to Nathan Cloninger. Safrit probably never even noticed she was between himself and his victim.

We grow our babies in our bodies, nourish them of our body, hold them in our arms and cherish then in our hearts. They may grow up but we never stop being their mother. When I look at my girls, I still see that newborn that I met on the day they were born. The love that I felt in that moment is always with me. Nothing or no one could ever alter that bond between my children and myself.

I don’t understand how any mother, no matter what her child has done, no matter how old her child is, wishing the death penalty on her own son. To me, that is the craziest part of this entire situation. As a mother myself, I would never wish the death penalty on my child. Isn’t that what a mother’s love is; unconditional love in the face of reason and all else? I’d say Jennifer Cloninger’s motherly love most definitely has conditions. Apparently, killing her husband is a condition for turning her back on her child.

Mrs. Cloninger, don’t talk to your son. Be pissed that he killed the love of your life. Shake your fists at the Gods in fury but don’t wish the death penalty on your own child.

I have a feeling there is more to this story than meets the eye. If I had to guess, Cloninger was the type of woman who put men above her child’s needs, her husband may have been a brute to Safrit and the kid just snapped. Or maybe Safrit is really just a mean, crazy asshole and he deserves to be locked up forever. He may even deserve the death penalty but I don’t think it’s right that his own mother is running her mouth on national news lobbying for his death sentence. I think his mom’s got her priorities mixed up. What about you?

Would you ever wish the death penalty on your own child?


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i.hea... i.heart.nerds

Are you seriously judging a woman who just lost her husband, is healing from what could have been fatal injuries and processing the fact that her son was the one who did that?
Her child is obviously not right in the head, he is a danger to anyone who gets in his way and obviously he doesn't care about collateral damage.
I have never been in the situation that this mother has been in, I hope I will never have to be in that situation, but if it came down to the safety of society and my child.... well I don't know what I would chose but NO ONE would have the right to judge me! 

nonmember avatar HappyDad

Stupid thought processes like this are the reason women get stereotyped by men. If this piece of garbage had killed your husband and stabbed you, you you be screaming for the gallows to be built in the town square, but since it happened to be her son and she sees it logically instead of emotionally you call her out on it. Most nights of the week you see a news piece about some two bit thugs who killed someone, has been in trouble his whole life, yet his momma is in front of the camera saying they got it wrong, my baby is a good boy. Face facts, stop being blinded by emotion, use some logic and it will go a long way towards women being more respected by us men!!!

nonmember avatar Usail

I agree with i<3nerds. You should not judge her comments. Her son committed murder, his punishment should be the death penalty. You can love someone and still realize that their wrong deserves a certain punishment. And plus.. you never know how you will react or feel if your child were to ever commit murder.

cmjaz cmjaz

Love isn't always unconditional. He could have been torturing them mentally and emotionally for years. It can take its toll. I can't imagine ever being in that place where i'd want my child dead. But if you know that you gave birth to true evil, you may want them to go away....permenantly.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Could this be anymore judgemental? Maybe she just wants him to take responsibility for his actions. If the death penalty is what is the punishment for the crime then well there ya go.

Pelham Onetwothree

You don't know Jennifer Cloninger,yet you feel qualified to judge her!?! You haven't witnessed her life or even thought to do any research on the woman and the happenings in her life. You just take a single statement from a poorly written news blurb and condemn her as heartless. Don't try to shame her, you're the one that should be ashamed. Don't judge anyone until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

Rae.302 Rae.302

Seeing as you haven't walked a mile in this woman's shoes, Ms. Cruz, I believe you are unqualified to tell her what she should be thinking, feeling, saying or doing.

nonmember avatar melissa

Your questioning how a woman could want the death penalty on her son, the same woman who raised this man in a manner that eventually lead to murder... I mean obviously there's a reason he had so much hate and anger. She had a hand in that.

Not that it matter but im just surprised it really shocked you and that you thought she would think logically.

butte... butterflyfreak

Jeez, HappyDad's got it right, this is EXACTLY the kind of reasoning that leads men to believe that women are led by emotion and not logic. Not to mention the extremely judgemental attitude towards a woman who JUST GOT STABBED BY HER OWN KID! I don't give a crap if she was just "collateral damage" or if he was aiming for her, he still STABBED HIS OWN MOTHER!

nonmember avatar Channing

I have a brother who committed a crime much much more heinous then this and I wish every day our state had the death penalty. My mom writes him letters, and sends him bday cards in prison, and send him horrible amounts of money -- because he's just "misunderstood". Misunderstood, my ass. I want to see him fry.

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