Bil Browning

Larry King Killer Gets 21 Years in Prison

Filed By Bil Browning | November 22, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: anti-gay bullying, anti-gay violence, Brandon McInerney, Larry King, shooting classmate

Brandon McInerney, the teenager who shot gay classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during a computer lab class, will serve 21 years in prison after Brandon McInerneypleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Brandon McInerney, 17, pleaded guilty to the murder charge Monday, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm, said Ventura County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Frawley. McInerney is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.

The case drew wide attention because of its shocking premise: McInerney, in a fit of homophobic rage, killed 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard because he was offended by King's dress and how the victim interacted with him.

Larry King's father, Greg King, told KABC-TV he understands why prosecutors agreed to the plea deal.

"I don't think that 21-year sentence is justice for my son, but I understand the reality that was facing the DA of trying to convict a defendant who was 14 ... when he committed the murder," Greg King said.

What do you think? Was justice served?


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Was justice served? No, not really. One child dead, another in jail long enough to maybe rot his soul.
Odds are, with California's current issues with prision populations (look at Linsey Lohan, sentanced to months only serves hours) odds are he'll be let go in just a few years 'with good behavior'. Rehabilitation? I don't see it, he'll probably learn first hand some nasty stuff that he'll go on to use when he gets out and then bounce back in and out for the rest of his miserable life.
Lose, lose and the future victims...I just hope he doesn't harm anyone else on his way out.

Justice could only have been served if Brandon's parents were put on trial. They provided the gun. They provided the environment where he learned to hate gay people.

I think justice was served here. The reality is that this kid took the life of another kid just because he didn't like him and was uncomfortable with his attentions. There has to be a price for that and it has to be a steep one. If parole is to be eventually offered in this case, it should be after he has proven himself no longer a threat to society and it shouldn't be any easier for him to demonstrate that than it would be if he'd already reached the age of majority.

For Larry King the death sentence his killer imposed on him for the crime of being openly Queer is permanent, despite his youthful age. His killer should not have his own sentence softened because of his age either.

Justice... I can't even go into that. Do I think this is a more appropriate sentence than the disgusting events of the first trial... yes. McInerney took the life of another child in a premeditated, 'lying in wait' manner. He did so after systematically bullying King. He won't be getting out when he's 25 and a trans life wasn't viewed as being disposable.

What does profoundly bother me is how the sentence was moderated because "the school bares responsibility for how it dealt with the King situation." As the LA Times says, 'they're being criticized for concerning themselves more with Larry King's civil rights than how the rest of the school was dealing with it.'

Now that the legal part is over, could we finally start respecting Ms. King's wishes that she be called Letitia King and be seen as a girl?

He'll end up serving about 10 years in jail for a premeditated, lying-in-wait murder???!!!? What a travesty! This amount to a slap on the wrist at best. My only hope is that he will finally get to experience the kind of bullying and hate in Jail that he subjected his victim to! This little born again Nazi should never see the light of day, ever. It demonstrates to the world that gay kids are just not worth as much as non-gay kids. That gay child will never grow up, never love and be loved. Never marry and never again see the light of day but this monster will. No justice in this - none at all! I hope he is rape early and often (especially by that big 6'6" thug named Bubba)!

Seriously? Your anger is justified, but your words are completely beyond the pale. Prison rape is not something anyone deserves to be subjected to.

Rachel Bellum | November 22, 2011 7:41 PM

I'm very unhappy with some of the comments and behaviors exhibited by the jurors who deadlocked previously. I would have been very troubled if he had just walked after that.

As long he gets convicted and processed in a reasonably normal and appropriate manner, I'm not necessarily concerned with how long he serves. That is if he got released next month because of "sympathetic" administrators, I would be quite upset (extreme example). However if he were diverted into some sort of prison rehabilitation program due to his age (and the likely relative youth at his release), I would probably view that as a good thing that should be in place for more people.

Because of his age and the fact that he, like Larry, was emotionally/behaviorally disordered, I think the punishment was reasonable. In some European countries, Denmark I believe, one of the cold ones, a life sentence is about that long. I see no sense in locking a person up longer than that, especially a kid, for any crime. It won't bring Larry back. It won't deter anyone else. And he can probably be rehabiliated. I think we need mercy in incareration, not life sentences and certainly not the death penalty. This kid will have to live with what he did and that is enough. And with the rage he had, maybe he will come out realizing that he is gay himself. You know what they say about homophobes....

The Norwegian mass murderer who recently shot 70 or more people on that island will likely receive a 21-year sentence.