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Letter to the Editor

Hilliard sentence "wrong"


web posted February 19, 2010
Dear Editor,
I read where the Hilliard boy received Ten years for an unfortunate event between friends that ended in the death of the other. I evidently don’t know all the facts about this case or Edgefield county is thinking more like California or New York every day. Where is common sense these days? 

I don’t know the Hilliard guy or the boy that died, but from what I can see and hear, it was an unfortunate accident between friends that fought like this about every time they got liquored up. I think a lot of people agree that the punishment is too much for something not intended. 

I know of an incident where a man got only a year and a day for stabbing someone to death. It was intended and he should have gotten more time.  Have local people on the jury lost their mind? Is it the jury or the judge or am I so in the dark about this matter that I just don’t know all the facts?  This really bothers me!

The judge and the jury evidently do not have compassion or common sense.  If the Hilliard boy did not intend to kill his friend, then this is a gross neglect of justice by the judge and the jury, in my opinion.  Did he not have capable legal counsel?  As I said, I feel sorry for the family of both, but I believe in fairness. 

Something should be done to right this wrong! I hear the Hilliard boy is not affluent and can’t afford a high powered atty. Maybe that’s why he was defended so poorly too!

I really feel sorry for the family of the deceased boy; I would feel the same way and would want somebody’s head as a simple matter of revenge if I were them.  But not being involved or knowing either family, this seems too harsh for something that was, no doubt, an accident.

What is the world coming to? Where is common sense in this matter? Somebody please fill me in if I haven’t got the facts straight?

Jerry Allen
Antioch Community


Editor's note: EdgefieldDaily.com was the only media outlet to attend the trial. Our coverage was reproduced by The Citizen News with permission.





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