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McInerney sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing of gay classmate

Monday, December 19, 2011

VENTURA, Calif. — Brandon McInerney was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison for the execution style killing of openly gay classmate Lawrence King during a computer lab class three years ago.

McInerney, 17, did not speak at the hearing, but his attorney Scott Wippert said his client was sorry for killing King, 15.

Brandon McInerney

“He feels deeply remorseful and stated repeatedly if he could go back and take back what he did he would do it in a heartbeat, Wippert said.

The family of Lawrence King said in court that they could not forgive their son’s killer.

“You took upon yourself to be a bully and to hate a smaller kid, wanting to be the big man on campus,” King’s father, Greg King, said on behalf of his wife. “You have left a big hole in my heart where Larry was and it can never be filled.”

In a deal reached with Ventura County prosecutors last month, McInerney agreed to avoid a retrial and to plead guilty to second-degree murder, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm. A mistrial was declared in September when jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the degree of guilt.

Several jurors, in interviews with the media after McInerney’s trial, said that he shouldn’t have been tried as an adult.

Teachers and students saw a dispute growing between King and McInerney leading up to the February 2008 killing, which culminated in McInerney shooting King twice in the head in a computer lab at E.O Green Junior High School.

McInerney, then 14, had reached an emotional breaking point after King made repeated, unwanted sexual advances toward him and other boys, defense lawyers claimed.

The case drew widespread attention and raised questions about how schools should deal with students and sexual identity issues.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who is openly lesbian, weighed in on her television show shortly after the shooting, telling her audience that LGBTQ persons shouldn’t be treated as second-class citizens.

Because of pre-trial publicity, the trial was moved from Ventura County to Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles.

Ventura County Prosecutors said the shooting was first-degree murder and that McInerney should be punished as an adult.

They argued the shooting was a hate crime, an aspect jurors rejected, after authorities found white supremacist materials in his home.

Defense attorneys, who unsuccessfully argued to keep the case in juvenile court, said it was voluntary manslaughter because McInerney lost control of his emotions. They said the teen was beaten by his father and was described as a bright student who lost his motivation.

King’s father also blamed the school district for not doing more to address the brewing feud between the two teens and their son’s flamboyant behavior.

“Instead of protecting him from himself and his poor impulse control, they enabled and encouraged him to become more and more provocative,” Greg King said.

During the sentencing hearing, King’s family and Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox wore buttons with the teen’s face on it, while some of McInerney’s supporters wore powder blue wristbands that read “Save Brandon.”

After serving nearly four years since the murder and with the additional 21 years handed down Monday, McInerney will be released just before his 39th birthday. His murder conviction was stayed, and the plea deal agreed to after the mistrial called for him to be given the maximum sentence under California law for voluntary manslaughter — 11 years — and use of a firearm — 10 years, Fox said.

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  1. he should get life!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
  2. RIGHT ON!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
  3. Good. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
  4. good!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
  5. they gave the gay kid twelve years the one who got murdered what kind of world is this ?

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:33pm
  6. should have been life!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:33pm
  7. He should have gotten life! A hate crime and a murder WTF!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  8. That’s it?????

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  9. He needs his azz beat …smh

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  10. ~ roaring applause ~
    BUT,
    SOMETHING TELLS ME HE’S GOING TO BE VERY #GAYfriendly ONCE HE SETTLES INTO PRISON ..
    lmAo

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  11. wat a skumbaggg

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  12. I think justice was finally served.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:35pm
  13. Im sure its his age… there’s not a lot of justice in our justice system

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:35pm
  14. JUSTICE!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:35pm
  15. I hope he gets raped lol oh man he will be somebodies B1tch lol or a lot of guyses bitch lol

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:35pm
  16. If deemed a hate crime,,,,life is not an option instead of just trying for murder only…..Nancy Grace does not like the hate crime but have to get into the mind of the accused instead of just trying for murder and with a hate crime lesser sentence,,,,,it has messed up that area of law the hate crime,,,,,,,,,,

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:36pm
  17. bet he’ll b somebody’s bitch now…

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:37pm
  18. Trying someone as an adult for a crime committed as a 14yo is not justice.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:37pm
  19. See that’s why I hate straight people.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:37pm
  20. should have gotten the death sentence :) a life for a life.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:38pm
  21. 21 years in exchange for someone else’s life?

    Our judicial system is such a joke. . .

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:38pm
  22. Pack your lube & condoms!
    & yes.
    He should gotten life!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:38pm
  23. why the fuk would he only gett 21 years . he commited a murder , regarless . HE tOOk A LifE , SO hE ShOUld SPENd HiS iN tHE PiN * straight up .

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:38pm
  24. Not enough time

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:39pm
  25. I agree

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:39pm
  26. he got what he deserved.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:39pm
  27. Sentencing a 17yo to 21years in an adult prison for an offence committed as a 14 year old is not justice.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  28. Glad they didn’t let this one walk.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  29. Good.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  30. Hate crime or not he should’ve gotten life. He will be somebody’s bitch for sure!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  31. I don’t know what this makes me feel really. 21 years means this kid will be out when he’s 38 (or earlier with the way this system works), meaning he can have a life, a family, kids of his own, etc. which isn’t fair given that he took away someone else’s chance to have a life.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  32. Sad to say but I’m he got the time now he is going to be sumone bitch in the big house

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:40pm
  33. sounds like justice

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:41pm
  34. life would have been more appropriate.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:41pm
  35. I hope he burns in hell. piece of shit

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:41pm
  36. what the hell? thats it?

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:41pm
  37. Hope he gets what’s coming to him, little shit!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:41pm
  38. and he will be out in like what 7 but lets keep arresting people for selling pot, or for traffic tickets..Uggh the american judicial system is a joke. if that was a young girl and boy he would have got life…SICK!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:42pm
  39. 21 years?! How about for life. Like of you agree.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:42pm
  40. Should’ve gotten life sentence, but I can’t complain that he doesn’t get what he deserves. @Michael L. man I’m starting to feel the same..

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:43pm
  41. Also stop complaining. He is a minor, and got the maximum sentence given the chargers. Srsly guys.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:43pm
  42. There is no joy in seeing two young lives wasted. I feel compassion for the bereaved family and I also feel sad that McInerney failed to recognize the value of life in others, thus, wasting his own. Let us retrain ourselves from throwing cruel indignation. Rather, let us reflect on how we can witness love in a concrete way.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:43pm
  43. this kind of shit pisses me off the kid should of gotten life enough of this hate crime shit ppl dnt deserve to die bc of ignorante assholes

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45pm
  44. should have gotten life

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45pm
  45. Nothing will ever bring the person back to life,but hopefully this boy can learn a few things in prison,and maybe someday become an advocate for gays and lesbians,but we can’t control anyone,just hope and pray that when he gets out,he will have learned acceptance..

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45pm
  46. Murderers should be locked up for life! So should rapists!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45pm
  47. Everyone.. At least he was convicted!! Let’s be thankful he didn’t walk.. 21 years is still a long time.. Not saying it’s not long enough for what he did, just at least he will serve time..

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45pm
  48. Okay, if you deliberately kill someone because of their race or sexual preference, etc then you’re not a minor! You’re a person that knows right from wrong and obviously killing someone especially for this reason is unacceptable and he should rot in jail.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:46pm
  49. 21 years isn’t enough!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:47pm
  50. justice is done

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:47pm
  51. This is a tragic story and the end result is 2 human lives were lost. That is unacceptable. We have to be better… my support goes out to both families during this grievious time.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:47pm
  52. Only 21 years ? what about the vitcim?

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:48pm
  53. I know the guy will be in prison but his life will never be the same

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:48pm
  54. good…fucker is fucked.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:48pm
  55. 21 years isn’t enough for a LIFETIME that poor classmate got rudely taken away from him just for being gay. It just proves how homosexuality is still not fully accepted anywhere which is honestly heart breaking.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:49pm
  56. Effffffffff him! But who am I 2 judge.. Lord plz b wit this troubled man..

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:49pm
  57. good and 21 yrs is not enough he should of gotten the death penalty b/c people like this ass whole never change no meter whatttttttttttttttt nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc may u burn in hell u son of a bitch

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:49pm
  58. 21 years is probably about 10 real years…. not good

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:49pm
  59. Well, would’ve preferred Murder-1 & the Hot Needle, but I guess that some penalty is better than nothing. It does establish that premeditated murder of Gay people is a lesser offence than Murder 1 for straight people, though. That’s a chilling thought.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:50pm
  60. how old you are shouldnt matter… you murder somebody then you have no right to live on this planet either… this was obviously a hate crime since they found white supremacy bs in his house!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:50pm
  61. GOOD ! Hope the little bastard rots in prison >:-(

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:50pm
  62. What reason would b acceptabl? @ mr robert

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:50pm
  63. Hang em high

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:51pm
  64. It should have been life

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:51pm
  65. I’m glad he’s being punished, but these people making comments about him getting raped in prison make me sick. Rape is rape, people — no one deserves it.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:51pm
  66. Both children lost innoncence. It is a disgrace for such a horrid thing to have taken place. Unfortunately, this child who committed this insensible act will now face a more graphic fate. For someone to rape you over and over in prison is worse than instant death. Slowly killing him. I feel sorry for this boy. I pray that the families find peace and can learn to forgive. I pray for them all.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:52pm
  67. I agree Chad…10 years in exchange for a life…

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:52pm
  68. 21 years of no taxes, food and clothing provided, constant safety and recreation time. Ahh, justice was served again.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:53pm
  69. Enjoy the prison showers

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:54pm
  70. Never let “he hit on me” be used as a justification to take the life of another. As a lesbian I find the line used by straight guys “I’d fuckin kill him if he hit on me” totally offensive as I’ve lost count of the number of times straight guys have said to me “all you need is a good dick” “all you need is a good fuck” etc etc. Funny how it’s ok to to dish it but they can’t handle it being served up to them.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:55pm
  71. I see so many people commenting here about justice being served. How can we call this justice. Two families lives have been changed for ever. One by the death of their son and the other by the actions of murder. Unfortunately the cases rendering has created more problems. For a confused boy that went so far as to take a gun from home to school and kill a fellow classmate, is prison a place where he really needs to be? He will be surrounded by people that have committed crimes worse that we can even imagine and after 21 years will he really be a changed man? My heart breaks for all families involved in this ordeal.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:58pm
  72. good for them. he should have gotten more. but 21 is a long time.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:01pm
  73. Ditto and i totally agree with r. Gallo.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:02pm
  74. I think he should have gotten life!! If not the death penalty!! So I say we drive to make a difference for this kid who got killed and try to get his sentence increased! I know its a long shot but Fuck him … he doesn’t deserve to get off that easy!!

    LIKE THIS FB PAGE : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-McInerney-Deserves-A-Life-Sentence/278370242210961?sk=wall

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:03pm
  75. His parents and the school officials who allowed this to happen should be charged with something.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:04pm
  76. Casey Anthony anyone?

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:04pm
  77. The murderer got to graduate high school. Larry will never get that chance. In less than 21 years he will walk out of prison and resume his life. That makes me sick. I won’t wish rape on him because rape is an abomination no matter what. I do wish he had gotten life though.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:06pm
  78. 21 years?!? Sorry, they should beat the shit out of this sonofabitch, and give ‘em life imprisonment..21 years..such crap.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:08pm
  79. the blood of this horrendous crime falls on the heads of all the GOP and other far right sick clowns urging this intolerance

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:10pm
  80. Should have been the Death Penalty, and eye for an eye!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:12pm
  81. You guys, wishing death on someone is no better than what this child did! He is after all A CHILD! He will be forever branded a murderer and his life (what is left of it) won’t be easy. Karma has a way of working things out.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:17pm
  82. @Jeffrey Horn I agree with you man his parents and the school officials who allowed this shit should of gotten punished as wellll b/c this action is unacceptable and stupid I don’t get it how people are willing to commit crimes not only will they ruin thew victims and his family their lives but they fuck up their own seriously nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc nc n and to those fucker that did this may u burn in hell and am sure he is going to get a taste of his own medicine he might not get killed but he is going to regret it for the rest of his life I can not believe this OMG!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:19pm
  83. shoulda fried the bastard!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:19pm
  84. how come rick perry and bitch bachmann are stillurging violent homophobia? surely that amounts to terrorism…

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:20pm
  85. THERE ARE NO WINNERS HERE ,I feel sorry for all the parties concerned. The upbringing of this Brandon certainly had a influence

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:20pm
  86. Sadly, he is broken. Im not sure if he was born with a predisposition to kill or his environment taught him to, but if he didn’t know by 15 that killing was wrong, he’s not going to learn. Whats worse, if he ever has children of his own, he will mess them up the same way he was messed up. It doesn’t matter how long he’s in prison, he should never be allowed to parent…natural slection would work wonders on our society.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:20pm
  87. This whole situation sucks.. Lawrences life was taken because he was gay.. But my heart kind of breaks for Brandon not only does he have to live with what he did for the rest of his life but he virtually ruined the rest of his life.. I’m not trying to say he doesn’t deserve to go to jail, he defianetly does deserve to go to jail because of what he did.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:22pm
  88. Should have gotten LIFE in prison

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:23pm
  89. best place for him.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:24pm
  90. This gets me pissed I keep reading about these self hating closeted fuckers who have nothing better to do then hurt openly gay kids. I swear I would hunt down these fucking monsters and give them what they deserved no mercy. He robed a kids life and destroyed a family He said hes sorry and would take it back B.S he executed him he though this out fuck this send this low life to the chair or hang him ugh.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:27pm
  91. was actually sorry for killing King or sorry he got 21 years, that is the question

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:28pm
  92. He’s sorry he got caught…..justice served

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:37pm
  93. yea ass hole

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:44pm
  94. he needs lifeee

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:45pm
  95. I am so glad to hear justice is being served for Lawrence King that young boy should have never been murdered by this other boy brandon mcinerney

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:47pm
  96. not sure if 21yrs is enough or not.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:55pm
  97. I’m glad he got 21 yrs but he should have gotten more like life, after all that’s what he took from another human being, regardless of his sexuality!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 9:59pm
  98. i hope he gets what is comming top him

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:03pm
  99. life in prison. this is bull.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:03pm
  100. I am shocked and appalled at the number of vicious people here complaining that this child was not punished adequately. Take a step back people and realize that you’re talking about a /child/, you’re saying you want to in turn murder a /child/. I’m seeing people JOKE about this child being raped in prison?! How unfeeling must one be to wish death and torment on a misguided child victim of domestic abuse who lashed out? I’m just one person who’s sure that my opinion isn’t worth much, and I recognize that the boy committed an unspeakably horrible crime, but even I know it’s useless to ruin a life as punishment when one could have rehabilitated it instead. Ruining this child’s life won’t comfort the grieving parents or bring back their child, won’t teach the killer a better way to live, and it won’t improve anyone’s community in any way. This doesn’t make anything better. I feel like this whole fiasco is a shameful disgrace on so many levels.
    I’m just sorry it happened at all, and that the “justice” system has so thoroughly failed all parties involved. More than that, I’m sickened and ashamed of the responses I’m seeing from the community here.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:16pm
  101. Ya, should of gotten life. People like this shouldn’t be allowed to roam around in public. Whose this kid going to kill again when he gets out in 21 years?!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:18pm
  102. LIFE IN PRISON

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:23pm
  103. This is an animal no a human being. I hope he gets what he deserves in prison. Piece of garbage!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:29pm
  104. Oh my god are you SERIOUS Only 21 YEARS?????? jajajaja stupid….he should of got Life In Prison so he gets to go free after 21 years Yet the kid that was murdered can’t Live he’s Life but this person can after 21 years Cono!!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:37pm
  105. Hopefully he gets a extended stay in jail.. Sorry is not enough to take anothers life..

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:38pm
  106. I think that sometimes the pwople that do stupid things like this need to be helped.more than just to.be put injail yes this is well deserved timebut I hope also he is getting mental help and he will probably turn out to be gay ;) but rest in peace my fellow gay.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:49pm
  107. should of got longer

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:55pm
  108. Do all of you calling for his head even realize he was just 14 when he committed this crime? You seriously exclusively hold this KID responsible? You lay no blame at the feet of the adults in his family, in his community? Seriously? You actually think this kid dreamed up this level of hate and intolerance all on his own? If you think kids killing kids is an insular event that can be resolved with a prison sentence, and that this was not the result of THE ADULTS AROUND HIM, and that this prison sentence is America’s early Christmas present with a judicial bow, then your heads need to be examined more than his.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:01pm
  109. Going to school and shooting someone TWICE IN THE HEAD when you’re 14 is hardly going to get you a slap on the freaking wrists. HE KILLED SOMEONE. He deserved exactly what he got and, frankly, should have gotten much worse. If it had been my son he killed, I would have demanded life in prison, not even so much as an hour less.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:06pm
  110. I’m not sure i subscribe to the whole concept of “hate crimes” I think it should be a given that all murder is a hate crime. The kid should be hung at high noon. I’ll buy the rope.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:11pm
  111. Unbelievable, he should be sentenced for life, he killed a person, it doesn’t matter whether you’re gay, straight, hispanic, white, black, yellow, etc, we’re all EQUAL, when is the world gonna freaking get that? Get over it, we’re all the same. This boy SHOULD be regretting he killed someone.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:11pm
  112. “Ruining this child’s life won’t comfort the grieving parents or bring back their child, won’t teach the killer a better way to live, and it won’t improve anyone’s community in any way. This doesn’t make anything better. I feel like this whole fiasco is a shameful disgrace on so many levels.”

    The second he got it in his head to take that gun to school and hurt his classmate, he was no longer a child. Period.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:15pm
  113. Should of gotten death

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:17pm
  114. I have a question. For Raquel….would you feel he same way about Brandon McInerney if he was an ignorant hate filled gang banger? Does the excuse of let’s hold the adults in his life hold the same standard for minority children and gang bangers? I’m not making excuses for gang bangers, but society is quick to lock them up (I’m talking about young gangbangers, 13, 14 year olds) unfourtunately, Brandon suffered a terrible childhood, BUT he is not the first, or last person to live through this, nor will he be the last. Brandon made a choice the morning he put a gun in his backpack and murdered another child. Not every child from an abusive home CHOOSES to murder.

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:21pm
  115. Life??! These life sentences only lead to cramming of the jails. How about POINT BLANK?

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:55pm
  116. 21yrs not long enough 2 my likeing but better than nothing / welcome 2 cellblock c brandon

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:08am
  117. this is a sad story all around. do you think this child, a 14 yr old at the time of the crime became so intolerant and impulsive on his own. Brandon was not raised in a vacuum. What’s up with Brandon’s parents? I don’t believe anyone should kill another person. I do believe a 14 year old is still a child and does not have all the resources to deal with stress. Some turn anger inwards and commit suicide and he turned his outward and killed a young boy, who was struggling with his own feelings and was unable to express appropriately. Where were the teachers, where were the parents, where were you?
    We need to teach tolerance, all of us! If you sit at home behind your keyboard and condemn hateful people, you are no better then the haters.
    From experience, I know that Brandon will now be raised by other convicts. He will be held in high esteem in the pen, NOT someone’s bitch. He killed a “queer”. Killers are held in high esteem in the pen. And after 21 years of this milieu, do you think he’ll come out a better man and learned man from being locked up?, better think again.
    don’t be so quick to point fingers, this tragedy is societies fault, our fault. If you’re not out actively teaching tolerance, IMHO, you’re as much to blame.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:12am
  118. @rachel williams……..i so agree with you.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:17am
  119. i am glad 2 c this but come on 21 years!!! that is it! people go 2 jail 4 life 4 murder!.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:26am
  120. Lil angel, aint he? Its alright branny…now u will be turned into a tranny…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:33am
  121. he doesnot deserve any btter.killing someone,regardless why,is a crime,and killing them because you may be frightend of their sexuality,is even more of a crime,cuz stupidity is a crime itself.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:34am
  122. Now that’s justice.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:47am
  123. I hope this sorry son of a bitch rots in prison, for the rest of his life. Piece of shit!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:58am
  124. They are gonna love his tight little butt in prison. Perfet sentence for the evil homophobe!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:22am
  125. ofcourse he’s sorry,he’s 1 sorry son-of-a-bitch

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:32am
  126. This is such a sad and unfortunate situation, I mourn the untimely death of Lawrence but I can’t help but mourn the loss of Brandon’s life as well. Brandon without a doubt needs to be accountable for his heinous action and we as a society need to address LGBT bullying head on because the tolerance for INtolerance is vexing…someone should have intervened before it came to this, in my heart I can’t believe that somebody hadn’t seen the events and actions leading up to his murder. I will not wish rape on a child in ANY circumstance, it’s sad to see that others are.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:04am
  127. I bet if McIerney had been black he would have been sentenced to death. (and I’m white for the record) Bullies should be rooted out our schools

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:56am
  128. May Brandon McInerney learn how to be a stud in jail, for many!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:25am
  129. this was a monstrous act against another human being, it was an execution style murder and I’m glad he will be locked up till his he’s almost 40. His youth will be gone. Great justice.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:27am
  130. This child did not become a homophobe overnight. There are many who made him who he was and whom are just as culpable. From his parents, his teachers/coaches, religious influences, and friends. It takes a village to create a homophobe. He’s ultimately to blame, and I’m glad he’s going to be punished for his crime, but there is a deeper issue here. The issue of what is creating these children to become so homophobic that they would kill someone for merely being attracted to them.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:38am
  131. I hope you get what you “really” deserve in prison ; ) Don’t pick up the soap ahole!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7:08am
  132. “Oh sorry for killing a human being” yeah no. fuck you.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7:09am
  133. Hang him by his b—-s more fitting for the crime. Hope they get to him in prision.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:10pm
  134. People like this disguist me! Hopefully he’ll be raped daily & beaten like the P.ofS. He is! Too much? I think NOT!!! Maybe we could send little debbies to his cell mate for an xtra special encounter? Where there’s smoke there’s fire! Better check his peeps out2. Just a thought, don’t go crazy on me guys!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:46pm
  135. 21 years that couple years so that means he will still will Kill Out there he has the Face of death to kill. I don’t trust faces like that. He suppose to be in prison for Life. R-n-P to the lost one. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:40pm
  136. I feel sorry for this poor young man I wish there could have been a better alternative and I wish he didn’t come to the decision to kill that kid. I blame the school for not doing it’s job.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 4:18pm
  137. I hope the bastard rots!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 4:33pm
  138. he should be sentenced for life or even death penalty for that kind of murder… people make me sick! :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:29pm
  139. Two young lives destroyed because of ignorance! When will it ever end?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7:19pm
  140. I find it rather sad that we are judging this kid so harshly. Yes, what he did was absolutely unthinkable or horrible. But saying that a kid, who was only 14 at the time of the crime, deserves life in prison or even death, is very harsh. I’m not trying to be rude to anyone, but why can’t we ever have any compassion? Obviously, he deserves to be punished in some way for what he did, but asking for him to live in jail for the rest of his life or even for him to die seems mean spirited. He already has to live with blood of Lawrence on his hands, and he has to go through all these trials and people hating him as a child. Yet, all we want is for him to suffer, when what he needs most right now is love.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 9:12pm
  141. I know a lot of you will hate me for this comment, but 21 years is too much in my opinion. He was raised by bigots that made him believe homosexuality was bad and unnatural And it made him feel uncomfortable granite him killing was not the correct response he still was unsure of how to react and sadly he reacted wrong. We should make an example of this to teach acceptance. And come on its a kid as of now his teens and glory years are all going to be horrid memories. Trust me as much as a I want to hate him I can’t. Then again this is. 17 year olds opinion and so it may not be as extreme as yours. Just think about him too.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:18pm
  142. I was looking for a post that conveyed my sentiments … you have done so exactly…. the ripple effect of these kinds of occurrences is just unfathomable and I feel badly for all parties involved…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 12:18am
  143. I’ve followed this case almost from the beginning. Initially I was like most of the posters here – hang him, hang him high and long. However, I discovered there was more to this story than the obvious emotions would automatically invoke.
    I do not agree with the 21 year sentence at all.
    This young man was the finger that pulled the gun for the real killers – the school system, his parents, the “System” in general.
    Were I the prosecutor I would have absolutely tried this kid as a juvenile and sentenced him accordingly to a very short term of incarceration – with a way that he could get the help he needs.
    I know that will infuriate a lot of you.
    But that is my studied view from my very gay soul.

    Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 2:42am
  144. Now, for any other crime, I would agree with you. If they had beat Larry, or they had bullied him, I would say you were perfectly right. But to murder someone…to take the life of another, no matter the cause…is the lowest point a human being can reach.

    So, it doesn’t matter how old he is. If he has the mindset to murder someone at such a young age, then can you imagine what he would be capable of as an adult? Its terrifying.

    So, yeah, maybe he’s young, but being able to kill someone at fourteen is dark and twisted, and he deserve punishment. Letting “Kids be kids” is fine to a point. But once that line is crossed, it’s almost always too late.

    Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 7:39am
  145. I pray for both families. One lost a son to violence, and another lost a son in a different way, prison. No one should judge except God.

    Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 1:49pm