As John Bacon reports for USA Today, the young man who pleaded guilty to
shooting and killing three classmates made a bold fashion statement at
his sentencing hearing yesterday (where the judge gave him three consecutive
life sentences) by wearing a plain white T-shirt with the word “killer”
scrawled on front.
The judge did not notice the 18-year-old’s fashion statement or would
have ordered him to change his shirt, according to a statement released
shortly after the hearing. The young man also – perhaps unsurprisingly,
given his choice of T-shirt – addressed the courtroom with a statement
that certainly leaves an impression:
“The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates
to their memory,” he said. “[Expletive] all of you,”
and gave the courtroom the middle finger.
Bacon quotes the judge: “We haven’t been provided a clear motive
or even a murky one,” in a case where the young man could have been
given the death penalty had he not been 17 at the time of the shootings.
While this case occurred in Ohio, which evidently still has the death penalty,
Maryland recently repealed the death penalty (the bill needs Gov. O’Malley’s
signature, which he has said he’ll provide), in an historic measure
making Maryland the latest in a handful of states that have done away
with capital punishment in recent years.