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U.K. man gets 42-months for killing autistic, gay teen by setting him on fire

Judge: 'Good-natured horseplay' lead to accidental death
Saturday, March 23, 2013

A young British man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of an openly gay, autistic teen at his birthday party last year by dousing him in oil and setting him on fire.

Steven Simpson, 18, suffered burns to 60 percent of his body when 20-year-old Jordan Sheard set him on fire at a party Simpson threw for himself at his home on June 22, 2012. reported the Daily Mail.

Simpson died from “significant burns” in a hospital two days later.

Steven Simpson (via Facebook), and Jordan Sheard (via South Yorkshire police).

The court heard that as Simpson became increasingly drunk at his party, he was dared to strip to his boxer shorts. Sheard, who had crashed the house party, was seen taunting Simpson, and then scrawling obscene and homophobic insults on his bare stomach, face and forearm.

In the early morning hours of June 23, Sheard took a bottle of Calypso tanning oil from Simpson’s bedroom and, as it was poured over him, others chanted: “Light it, light it.”

The court heard that Sheard then held a cigarette lighter to Simpson’s groin, and the highly flammable liquid instantly caught fire, and flames engulfed Simpson’s body.

When paramedics arrived, they also found the homophobic messages scrawled on Simpson’s body, including the words “gay boy” written on his forehead, and “I love dick” scrawled across his chest.

Sheard initially denied causing Simpson’s death, but later confessed to setting his teen’s groin on fire after pouring tanning oil on him. He said he was encouraged to do it by other partygoers.

Judge Roger Keen, in accepting that Simpson’s death was accidental, told Sheard that the evening had involved “good-natured horseplay” but that putting a flame to a man doused in flammable fluid was “a highly dangerous act.”

Andrew Smith, defending Sheard, said, “He knows he has done something very stupid. His part in the death of a decent person is never going to go away.”

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  1. 42 MONTHS???

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:05pm
  2. wtf?? he should get the death penalty!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  3. That’s all?!!!!!!!!!! Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  4. Thats not long enough he should get 20 to life

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  5. ONLY 42 months???? He should be given a death sentence!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  6. I see killing gay people is still functionally just a misdemeanor..some things never change.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  7. He should spend a lifetime in prison -.-

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  8. OH GAWD

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:06pm
  9. Only 42?… he deserves 2 life sentences!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  10. Are they kidding?42 months,he should have life

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  11. Just 42 months? How offensive!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  12. No they should set him on fire but in increments ….. Each week a different body part with no pain medicine and let him rot from infection slowly …..

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  13. that’s not justice

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  14. Wow he deserves much longer than that. That’s bullshit.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  15. :) jus sayin

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:07pm
  16. wow. In this case, I believe he should experience what his victim did… being burned alive.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  17. um that’s MURDER. Unless he’s gonna die within those 42 months, that not even close to long enough

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  18. Should have been 21 years less a day and no parole. or Bring back Capital punishment for murder.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  19. He needs HANGING!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  20. Disgusting. Both the crime and the sentence. How is this justice? Very sad.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  21. that’s it?!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  22. 42 months for a life? Really?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  23. Very sad story. The courts failed on this one.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  24. That’s ALL?????????????????????????????????? (^^^)

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  25. ummm… it should be a hell of a lot more than 42 months! if not a life sentence

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  26. 42 months….. FORTY TWO MONTHS?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:08pm
  27. How is dousing someone in oil and lighting them on fire only “manslaughter”? That is first degree murder.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
  28. 42 months? That’s bullshit

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
  29. 42 months??? For setting someone on fire??? He should be shot!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
  30. omg hope he gets it in jail

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
  31. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE..sad, so very very sad.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
  32. I’m not the only one shaking my head on this one.. surely there is something hideously wrong with this man? Some horrible mental illness – something that would lead to such a light sentence? I’m shocked as well..

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  33. That’s okay. A lot of damage can be done to someone in prison in 2 and a half years.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  34. Only 42 months for torture and murder? Did they go after the party goers a well for complicity?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  35. The charge was Manslaughter; it should have been Murder, because that’s what it was!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  36. the UK don’t deliver justice.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  37. I’d like to set this guy on fire. 42 months? What is that crap?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
  38. wtf! what more could I say?!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  39. I hope that boy ends up someone’s bitch in jail. 42 month in jail for what he did is disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  40. and this is called justice?! 42 month for a life?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  41. 42 f$#@@%$g months? Damn that’s just a wrap over the knuckles. What was the justification for the lenient sentencing.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  42. thou shalt not kill

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  43. wow…dafuq? 42 months? thats rediculous….come try and set me on fire … im openly gay!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  44. Pathetic system.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  45. I’m actually close to tears right now. I don’t know what to say. This is so so so so horrible.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  46. that’s disgusting

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm
  47. i agree Jeromy. He died from his injuries! It was obviously a hate crime and I’d like to think that he’d get more time in the US for killing him.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  48. they should set this dumb ass on fire , that would only be a small amount of justis ,but at least it would be some . 42 months is nothing for what he did .

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  49. This is a damn shame…sickening…smh…this is so wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  50. Cocksucker! He should get LIFE or the DEATH PENALTY for what he did! Nothing less!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  51. wait what the fuck? 42 months???

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  52. Makes me cry just reading it. What had become of our world and the people in it?? Despicable!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:12pm
  53. Lik 4 n 2? 42 month for killing sm1?? #shockd

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  54. 42 months are you fucking kidding me

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  55. only 42 months?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  56. That’s ridiculous. LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE. YOU LIT HIM ON FIRE? ARE YOU STUPID?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  57. if this happend in the US he will be in prison for life

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  58. OMG I Couldn’t Believe This Court 42 Months That Is Not Human He Should Have Go To Jail For Life This Is A Hate Crime Not A Mistake That This Boy Did He Should Go A Jail For Ever !!!!! And Also Get Probably The Same Treatment !!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  59. Sick SOB 42months.. That is a f*cking hate crime.. Life in prison hell death penalty.. Robbers get long sentence’s for holding a gun while robbing them… No justice for the young man who’s life was taken from him..

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:13pm
  60. i hope somebody burns that guy on fire or kills him in prison how did he not get life for that

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:14pm
  61. Should be 42 years. It’s 42 years the victim will never have.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:14pm
  62. hateful ppl get away because good ppl stay complicit

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:14pm
  63. he needs equal punishment!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:14pm
  64. why do people think this is cool and fun and ok? this is terrible and inhumane.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:15pm
  65. 42 MONTHS?! Why the hell aren’t the other party goers being charged as well?! Disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:15pm
  66. That’s it??? 42 months?!?!?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:15pm
  67. I hope the judge enjoys his life.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  68. 42 months?!?!? Somebody explain this to me. I can only hope there is a hell.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  69. Sooooo sad

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  70. unbelievable

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  71. That’s it? That’s all he’s getting? 3 1/2 years for BLATANT MURDER?!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  72. DIS-FUCKING-LIKE!!!!>:O

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  73. I love how they say 42 months instead of 3 1/2 years to make it look like a long time.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:16pm
  74. fuck this is insane. he was autistic too. if there’s no protection for LGBT there,there should at least be soms protection for the disabled! 42 months aint shit for MURDER, that is not manslaughter. he may have been drunk but he knows he set that boy on fire!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:17pm
  75. This is by far the most extreme thing I’ve heard about hating in a long time it’s just sick!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:17pm
  76. he should be getting the death penalty really an autistic teenager its bs i hope this guy gets gang raped by men in prison and find criminal justice there bs

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:17pm
  77. 42 months? Fuck that he deserves life!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:18pm
  78. Should have gotten 25 to life.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:18pm
  79. 42 months? Excuse me?
    That’s only 3.5 years..are you serious? He killed another person. He should be sentenced for life. “Oh, it’s no big deal, guys. He was gay and he had autism. But we HAVE to charge this guy with SOME time, so that way we don’t seem like total dicks.”
    Really?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:18pm
  80. 42 months….. People get more time for getting caught with weed! Tragic:(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:18pm
  81. How sad!!!!!!!!! Only 42 months for killing a human being? How disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:19pm
  82. @Tami Why would you use “cocksucker” as an insult on this page?

    As for this case, it’s sick. Definitely not justice.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:19pm
  83. HOW SICK IS THIS

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:19pm
  84. and this is what our legal system is becoming .. what a shame to allow this scum to be able to walk free in 3 1/2 years after he killed someone .. wake up people or lets just forget all laws . next rape case should be out in 6 months .

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:19pm
  85. is that all a human life is worth? 42 months? wow!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:19pm
  86. People are disgusting I can’t even phantom why someone would do this

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:20pm
  87. This is wrong on so many levels ~!! It was never horseplay, it was malicious from the beginning ~!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:20pm
  88. this is just disturbing.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:20pm
  89. This is sick

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:21pm
  90. Hell of a birthday party…

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:21pm
  91. 42 months? he should be fried in the chair. worthless human. I hope he becomes someones wife in jail

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:21pm
  92. Omg. Wtf is wrong with people

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:21pm
  93. Really 42 months should be life in jail

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:22pm
  94. The little bastard should have been given LIFE!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:22pm
  95. put him in jail 4 life

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:22pm
  96. ??????? 42 months?? That’s it???????????

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:22pm
  97. 42 months isn’t even a slap on the wrist.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:23pm
  98. Christian Sharia!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:23pm
  99. he was gay and autistic as well this should have been a life sentence

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:23pm
  100. isnt there protections for the handicap in the uk? to read this story he was targeted for those specific reasons dictating this to be a hate crime!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:24pm
  101. the world is getting scary,42 months only?what about life in prison?Theres something not right in how this case was handled.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:25pm
  102. from the article it sounds like an drunken accident but still slightly light for murder.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:25pm
  103. That is such a bullshit ruling, even though it’s not the American “justice” system!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:25pm
  104. 42 months?! That’s absurd!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:25pm
  105. You burn someone to death and you only get 3.5 years? !

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:26pm
  106. … 42 months?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:26pm
  107. 42 fucking months? Are you being serious? That’s bullshit, absolute bullshit.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:27pm
  108. life.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:27pm
  109. You know, we’d expect this sort of thing to happen in the USA, and other intolerant countries, but to happen in the UK? *sigh*

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:27pm
  110. thats sooooooo wrong!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:28pm
  111. Terrible :(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:28pm
  112. Only 42 months? This is more than just a hate crime or more than just a murder. This is an abomination on mankind. Let his ass rot in jail for the rest of his life.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:28pm
  113. Wtf

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:28pm
  114. thats messed up. not even four years. He set the boy on fire come on. thats insaine

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:30pm
  115. add me

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:31pm
  116. Wow 42 months–nice to know we can murder someone and more or less go scott free…AND NOOOOO HE DOES NOT DESERVE LIFE IN PRISON HE NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED TO FIT THE CRIME–BURN HIS ASS-EXECUTION IS WHAT WE NEED TO START DOING–AND STOP CODDLING THESE CRIMINALS.-IT JUST SHOWS OTHERS WHAT THEY (YES) CAN GET AWAY WITH…SET A FUCKING EXAMPLE (ALREADY)

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:33pm
  117. It should be a full life term in prison!! And you don’t “horse-play” this bad!! It was purposely and that homophobic douche bag deserves the worst!! Especially with autism! Wtf is wrong with this bastard?? -_-

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:33pm
  118. Omfg….What the hell is wrong with people? 42 months? The same thing should be done to him in my opinion…& our judicial system sucks!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:34pm
  119. This is just horrendous! 42 months? That’s all? This is a hate crime pure and simple. He should be charged with manslaughter.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:34pm
  120. Jennifer, I agree. Truly messed up.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:34pm
  121. The English aren’t as strict as they should be. I vote death penalty but I don’t believe the English system allows it.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:34pm
  122. The judge should be sent to prison for his findings and the sentence.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:35pm
  123. Just another example of how backwards the UK really is.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:35pm
  124. At least 42 YEARS,DUh

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  125. The Judge should be shot.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  126. Dirty rotten bastard….and worse still…the British judicial system…..this kind of wickedness deserves to be treated the way society treats anti-social animals that are unsafe in society….by putting them to sleep permanently….

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  127. seriously… wow

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  128. 42 months is so fucked up!!!! Set him on fire and see how he liked it! Piece of shit motherfucker!!! Sickening.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  129. 42 months????? who are these assholes??? What if it were their child???

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:36pm
  130. Guess the limey’s have some conservative arseholes in their system too

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:39pm
  131. … This is SO wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:39pm
  132. It is sick, sickening.

    He crashes a party to abuse the host, he had to admit responsibility- he surely couldn’t have blamed anyone or anything else.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:39pm
  133. why only 42 months?????????????????

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:39pm
  134. YA, WTF, FOR SURE,,, Give him the same as he gave the dead boy !

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:40pm
  135. This is SICK ASS SHIT! That fucker is LUCKY he isn’t in the U.S.! The kid died of “accidental causes”??? WTF kind of shit is that??? The judge HAD to be prejudicial or that fucker would’ve been sent away for life or the death penalty. Bullshit. I hope the family has it retried and they sue the shit out of that fucking asshole! My heart truly goes out to the family.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:40pm
  136. Shameful, just shameful. I have to agree with both of you..SMH WTF?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:41pm
  137. This makes me soooo Sick :-/. 42 months? Really? They need to give him life without parole. Horseplay get the f*** out of here.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:41pm
  138. That judge should be disbarred for only giving 42 months. This kid knew exactly what he was doing the entire time. This was not accidental horse-play. Disgusted at how corrupt even judges have gotten. If the judges wont stand up for right and wrong, who will protect his nations citizens

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:43pm
  139. he should get longer than that. thats brutal and the boy is dead cuz of his sexual orientation.NOBODY should die,get beat up,or bullied in any way cuz ur gay.ugh. hateful ppl make me sick

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:43pm
  140. Nope needs to be longer. If it was in the U.S. he would get life in prison.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:43pm
  141. Lol, jk it was in the UK, but STILL

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:43pm
  142. They should hang him.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:45pm
  143. Judge Roger Keen, in accepting that Simpson’s death was accidental, told Sheard that the evening had involved “good-natured horseplay” but that putting a flame to a man doused in flammable fluid was “a highly dangerous act.”

    really?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:45pm
  144. Only 42 months for murder?! Maybe all the murderers will move to the UK now. Shame on the law system!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:45pm
  145. More like 42 years…

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:46pm
  146. 42 months? Are you serious, Judge? Should of been 42 years!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:46pm
  147. He should be locked in a wooden coffin and put in a crematory. Set it to heat up nice and slow.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:47pm
  148. 42 months!? 42 MONTHS!? He killed by *SETTING HIM ON FIRE.* It is one of the *worst possible ways to die,* and he got 7 years!?? FUCK that. He needs to *die.*

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:47pm
  149. In what insane world is pouring oil onto somone and then putting a lit match to their crotch an “accident?”

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:47pm
  150. “good natured horseplay”??? 42 months???

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:48pm
  151. Why do people think our (US) judicial system is any better? He would prob get the same here.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:49pm
  152. so when the killer gets out jail/prison and if he goes after the judges friends or family members its just going be another 42 months and not taking personal? y’all judges around the world should MAKE decisions based on what if it was someone close to you.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:49pm
  153. Less than 4 years for violent murder?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:50pm
  154. what a f*cking outrage :-(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:50pm
  155. 42 months? Manslaughter? How could this be?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:50pm
  156. What do expect from a country that prosecutes people when they act in self defense, the actual criminals get of lightly like this douchenozzle did.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:51pm
  157. its not right to just give a killer 42 months if someone killed another and 100% guilty they should get death row! killers shouldn’t get a second chance.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:52pm
  158. tis has to be a joke. 42 months?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:52pm
  159. I hope someone does some ‘good matured horseplay’ to this moron of a judge. This is absolutely unacceptable. This heartless bastard, and every person that chanted for this innocent gay autistic boy to be set on fire, should be severely punished and 48 months doesn’t even begin to do this heinous crime justice.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:53pm
  160. That’s all the bastard got?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:53pm
  161. this whole thing seems sick. 42 months…for this deranged attack….sick!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:54pm
  162. .,off with his f*ck*ng head!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:54pm
  163. incredibly disgusting

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:55pm
  164. Three and a Half Years? BS!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:57pm
  165. All the participants or on-lookers need to be judged, the judge should be removed from serving on the bench and the murder should serve at least 20 to life. This is disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:57pm
  166. WTF, 42 months? Really? That’s all a disabled gay teen is worth? Really?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:58pm
  167. Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:58pm
  168. :(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:03pm
  169. what … only 42 months !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:04pm
  170. The Judge must begin his repentance. 42 months of imprisonment, a policed life, for ending someone else’s life is unforgiving.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:04pm
  171. Damn, 24 months? My sexual molester that was the pastor of my church after sexual abuse on many boys and even some that will never be known due to shame only got less than a year in Jail for it. There are to light on charges given to people that hurt or kill gay teens and adults. I am going to the church where this happened on palm Sunday when may members will be there and outing the shame and place it on them since the current pastor told me and my mother on the phone as she listened that he would take no action to reach out to any of the boys this happened to. So everyone will know the shame and sin that took place in that church! I am ready now at 44 to open my mouth to what happened to me and other boys when I was 12 to 14 years old.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:04pm
  172. he should have been given life

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:06pm
  173. This is just… The guy is only getting 42 months, there’s obviously massive flaws in judicial systems all over the world…

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:06pm
  174. I am going to bring a cloak of darkness over that church and everyone there to be blamed for keeping this silent will be outed and call out publicly. I have called the papers to let them know what I am about to do and our local news paper said they would be there to cover the story.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:07pm
  175. 42 Months that’s it?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:08pm
  176. what the actual f*ck?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:09pm
  177. Outrageous!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:10pm
  178. MANSLAUGHTER?!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:11pm
  179. Only 42 months?!? This is so distressing!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:12pm
  180. I’m sorry I have to unlike this group. Shit like this is just too much for me to see every day and still want to go on living.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:14pm
  181. this isnt right. makes me sick

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:14pm
  182. And he is only getting forty two months? That’s a shame. I hope someone jumps that bully in prison and makes him feel the pain he put that poor boy through. :(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:16pm
  183. 42 MONTHS?! How about THE REST OF HIS LIFE! This is disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:16pm
  184. This sentence is a slap in The face! This is ridiculous!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:17pm
  185. Not life without parole?

    Gay or not – someone who kills a disabled person by setting them on fire – that person is either malicious or insane. Either way, that person should be locked away.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:17pm
  186. Also, “good natured horseplay”? What a crock of shit.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:18pm
  187. The judge is a homophobic bigot who called an act of premeditated murder “good natured horseplay” even though he was scrawled with hateful slurs which obviously made it a hate crime since he was taunting the young man from the time he crashed the party. The judge needs to be charged as well in the man’s death and they both need to be scrawled with hateful messages and set ablaze. Let them burn to death and see if afterward they still think it’s “good natured horseplay.” I bet not.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:19pm
  188. Unbelievable!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:20pm
  189. What the hell did he THINK would happen if he set someone on fire? Thats first degree murder.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:21pm
  190. not right, not innocent horseplay, murder

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:21pm
  191. He should have gotten life in prison

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:23pm
  192. Are you joking? 42 months? Manslaughter? Is this some sort if twisted joke? A boy’s lost his yeah? And his murderer get 42 months, charged with manslaughter, and the judge calls it all “harmless horseplay”? WTF is going on!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:24pm
  193. 42 MONTHS?!?!?! WTF…Why not LONGER! Little jerkhole deserves LONGER!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:26pm
  194. Totally sick and unjust!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:27pm
  195. Hey should get life for killing that boy!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:27pm
  196. 42 months?!?! really? he set him on FIRE. What the bleeding hell?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:29pm
  197. I would have voted for LIFE WITHOUT THE CHANCE OF PAROLE – “HARMLESS HORSEPLAY”? I DONT THINK SO!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:29pm
  198. How is this manslaughter and not muder 1? Manslaughter is when you accidentally kill someone!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:29pm
  199. 3 years.. they’ll be waitin’ for you.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:35pm
  200. Only 42 months??? Set him on fire… Go muslim on his ass.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:35pm
  201. “good natured horseplay” respectfully Judge, Fuck You.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:38pm
  202. disgusting!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:38pm
  203. WTF!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:39pm
  204. Boys will be boys..this makes me ill!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:40pm
  205. 42 months, is that all they think this young man’s life was worth.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:44pm
  206. I hope he gets shanked in prison.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:44pm
  207. damn i hope he be someone sex toy everyday

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:46pm
  208. 3 years? Seriously?
    I say an eye for an eye, set that bastard on fire, and let him rot.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:46pm
  209. …How is that “manslaughter”??? It’s murder, pure and simple. Give him 25, like he deserves. >:(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:47pm
  210. There’s not enough that could be done to his asshole to make him pay. Judge needs to be tarred and feathered and set afire.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:47pm
  211. There are places where he would get capital punishment. He deserves it. SOB. Send him to me…

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:49pm
  212. So sad.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:51pm
  213. unfucking believable!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:51pm
  214. 3.5 years? the kid is dead.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:52pm
  215. Should have been life. What a piece of s…!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:54pm
  216. This is sickening!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:55pm
  217. 42 months? There is no justice there. Seems like the system is screwed up!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:56pm
  218. that’s it????? murder is murder!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:57pm
  219. That’s all??? Seriously?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:59pm
  220. I think that monster should get lethal injection. Of course, if it were up to me, I’d cut off the limbs of that murderer and set him on fire.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:01pm
  221. I can’t believe his sentence is less than 4 years for taking a life! This sickens me as grandmother of an autistic and as a family member and friend of many gay people but mostly this sickens me as a human being that can possibly belong to a species that can do such horrific things to their own…they say animals are animals…

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:02pm
  222. y should ‘we’ pay to kill him – ‘oops’ theres a shiv & heres a chold killer – u know what to do!!! cameras r off – guards r all on break GO FOR IT!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:08pm
  223. What? only 42 monthsso unfair.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:09pm
  224. Have you guys never horse played before? Me and my friends ALWAYS use to pour oil all over our selves and then run around with blow torches. The last person with an intact crotch would win.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:10pm
  225. 42 months????? Shameful!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:13pm
  226. 42 months? Should be life without parole.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:15pm
  227. 42 months? Why not just give him probation, and a lighter?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:15pm
  228. And the judge said horseplay???? What??

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:17pm
  229. we’re all stunned by the 42 months? Unbelievable

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:20pm
  230. This is despicable. The person who did this is a worthless, lying, self-centred, manipulative piece of shit, and the judge is a homophobic swine.
    42 months. High profile fraud is GUARANTEED to get you longer in jail. Fucking hell, this is messed up.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:27pm
  231. 42 months?!?!?!? this is the kinda thing that triggers revolutions. when there is a blatant lack of justice and open oppression of people by laws that apply to some but not others it’s only a matter of time really before the people rise up. just sayin have we learned nothing at all from history? sigh.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:29pm
  232. That was absurd!!! should have gotten life without parole and the others should have gotten time also!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:32pm
  233. speechless..

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:32pm
  234. Thats insane,,,,,thats disgusting this man should be rotting in prison the rest of his life the scum bag fuck up

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:33pm
  235. Ghastly. 14 Months is absurdly too short.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:33pm
  236. horrible! should get life w/o parol since they do not have death!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:35pm
  237. 42 months… now that’s a crime.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:47pm
  238. The value of a life is apparently 42 months… the more you know, I guess?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:47pm
  239. The justice system in the UK is seriously flawed! Such a despicable act and to only receive 42 months.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:01pm
  240. The whole thing is fucked up…asshole kid and asshole judge .

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:04pm
  241. This disgusts me

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:10pm
  242. I only hope that the judge and prosrcuter who only sentenced the killer to 42 months someday receive the same fate as the victim

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:30pm
  243. That should be a life sentence. :(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:32pm
  244. Good-natured horseplay? WTF?!?! Ugh! despicable people. The judge, the defense lawyer and kid, Sheard, should all set themselves on fire. Not a worthy soul in the bunch.

    I am appalled they didn’t enhance the sentence because of being a hate crime against a person with a disability.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:32pm
  245. U gotta be fuckin kiddin me. This fucker needs his groin set on fire!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:34pm
  246. OMG. Such a light sentence for such a violent murder. They should have been lucky to only get life.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:36pm
  247. They could just light him on fire. It’d be cheaper.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:38pm
  248. Should be LIFE!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:40pm
  249. The judge and the guy that set that boy on fire should both get life in prison

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:47pm
  250. I feel sick. 42 months?? omg The horror that poor kid went through and his killer get 42 fricking months… and on a MANSLAUGHTER conviction??? Despicable!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:47pm
  251. :-(

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:50pm
  252. 42 months???????? How have we come to this?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:10pm
  253. Should be at least 42 years!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:13pm
  254. HE SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH! NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT MAN TO LIVE FOR 42 months!! I hope he meets a big burly gay man in jail and becomes his bitch!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:39pm
  255. 42 months?!?!?!? That’s it??! And the judge said it was just horseplay gone wrong??? What. The. Fuck.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:43pm
  256. Sheard will find out about REAL “good-natured horseplay” during the next 42 months! Asshole!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:46pm
  257. Thats not long enough

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:46pm
  258. The JUDGE IS A GOOD OLE FUCKIN IDIOT….SORRY… pisses me off… hopefully someone never does that to one of their kids….

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:55pm
  259. 42 fucking months? Are you fucking kidding me? This is why the justice system is a joke. This guy is the devil, they should let his ass rot in prison. I hope he gets fucked up the ass by a giant gay man in jail.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6:33pm
  260. 42 months is a slap on the wrist compared to what he should get.. the same treatment he inflicted on the teen. How can they “respect their elders” when their elders don’t respect them?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6:36pm
  261. No required therapy? Gonna take a screwed up person and put him through the prison system, screwing him up more… Then just release him in a few years? He needs several years of mental therapy if you are going to release him.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6:40pm
  262. He’s Insane

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:15pm
  263. That’s bs he should have been sentenced for life. And the judge said it was an accident how is setting someone on fire an accident?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:54pm
  264. wow. I would expect this sort of verdict in a country like Iran, not the UK. this is a travesty. pure and simple. the judge should be impeached and jailed.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:56pm
  265. My apologies, Mr. Burket, i misread and misunderstood the intent of your post, which is why I deleted my question to you. I thought at first glance you were stating the sentence was too harsh, not too lenient.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:18pm
  266. C’Mon, are ya’ll really that surprised? A gay life is still seen as less important than a straight one by far too many people….in every country. I am obviously disturbed by the man who killed another in the commission of a hate crime. It takes a sick, twisted fucker to set someone on fire. The people who cheered him on are also fucked up in the head. But what disturbs me the most is that a judge would dismiss this murder as horse play. That is what’s really scary.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:23pm
  267. 42 months? you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:34pm
  268. 42 months is this a joke

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:06pm
  269. 42 months how about the rest of his life!

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:13pm
  270. WTF? Less than 4 years for taking a human life??????

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:36pm
  271. Where do they make these people?

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:51pm
  272. thats it for setting a person on fire, what in the flying fuck U.K.????

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:06pm
  273. I’m gay and autistic too, I don’t like this.

    Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:59pm
  274. what do you expect from the uk, murder is an everyday thin there and they still go and have tea!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:14am
  275. 3.5 YEARS…. THAT’S ALL!!!???¿¿? – - – YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDIN’!!??

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:01am
  276. Shoulda burned his ass

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:27am
  277. “Good natured horseplay.”???? Come here judge. I have some oil, let me break out my lighter and then write some words of hate on you – Old, intolerant, impotent – Would I still walk the streets after being sent to the naughty corner? Steven’s family must be in HELL! My thoughts are with the Simpsons!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:53am
  278. What the fuck??

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 5:54am
  279. should get life.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:16am
  280. injustice!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:34am
  281. 42 months??! Yes, Mr Judge, that was clearly “just horseplay”, covering his groin in oil and then setting it alight. Disgusting sentencing.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:12am
  282. Pouring an flammable liquid on someone and setting them alight — WTF!?

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:45am