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Was Justice Served?????????????
Posted: 27 August 2012 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Kelly Jackson who killed a father and injured his son during the firearms season was finally sentenced recently.  Kelly was the hunter who was shooting well before daylight and killed a young father and injured his son during the firearms season.  He received 2 years probation and 120 days of community service. 

Was justice served?

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Posted: 27 August 2012 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I remember this, but I never heard what he was finally charged with and not being in the court room or reading what actually happened I don’t want to make a rash judgement. But a man has lost his life and a young man may carry his injurey for life, I never heard where he was hit either. It does seem like a lot of stupid happened though on the part of the shooter and the sentence does seem light. At least I don’t have to look in the mirror everyday knowing what I had done.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have the feeling that man will never be the same again.  The sentence does seem light, but I’m not sure I want to throw people in prison for accidents.  What we do, hunting, is inherently dangerous.  This type of thing happens every year, and it’s a real shame.  My biggest fear walking into the dark woods in the morning is always of some trespasser on my property shooting me on my walk in.  That said, I would certainly hope this man will never be allowed to hunt or own a firearm again in any state.  Though this is technically an accident, shoting in the dark is always idiotic.  Every year on opening morning I hear the first few shots of the season in the dark.  Not total darkness, but definitely too dark to be shooting.  Though I hate doing so, I now carry and use a hat flashlight when getting into my stands in the morning.  Not to see where I’m going, but to avoid being mistaken for a deer.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Is this the incident where they were all in a vehicle or getting ready for hunting.  I didn’t think anyone was actually hunting yet.  Have to find the story again.  Its around here somewhere.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 03:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes, MattS, I think you’re thinking of the same story.  I know for a fact that I would never do something like this, but if for whatever reason I found myself in this man’s shoes, no punishment would equate the mental and emotional guilt and distraught that I would carry with myself for the rest of my life. Might as well give me a life sentence. Like TreeHugger said, I’m sure this guy will never be the same again. It’s a shame, and accident, but preventable.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 05:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I think he got off abit light but agree he will live with this till the grave!!I feel bad for all envolved….

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Posted: 27 August 2012 06:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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He got off way too light. He made a mistake yes but in my opinion the penalty should have been a bit more stiff. If he is never allowed to own another gun or hunt again it would make a lot more chance.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 07:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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got off way too light. He made a mistake yes but in my opinion the penalty should have been a bit more stiff. If he is never allowed to own another gun or hunt again it would make a lot more chance.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 08:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I agree with the I wasn’t there for the accident or the trial… Living with what happened would probably be punishment enough for most people if it was an accident… If it was just plain and simple stupidity, then yes the sentence was to light IMHO..

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Posted: 28 August 2012 08:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I would tend to offer any opinion lightly being I too wasn’t at the trial or heard all of the evidence. This guy will carry an extremely heavy burden the remainder of his days no doubt. IF this was an accident I am going the way of an unpopular opinion that no jail time should be served. A heavy fine or restitution cost to the family would better serve all. I am of the opinion that our lockem up phylosophy is very much counter productive and far to costly in its present state. There are cases where we can’t allow some who harm others on or with purpose that I do not propose we allow to walk free but we are locking up way too many people at way too high of a price along with that put a man in a small confined area with hardened criminals and that is going to make him a better person??? That is a whole other can that I probably shouldn’t touch at this time…

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Posted: 28 August 2012 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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He just may be sued in Civil Court now.  I doubt if it is all over.  I feel bad for all involved, as well.

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Posted: 28 August 2012 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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He should provide support for the son and family for the rest of his life.  Undoubtedly civil action is the only way to make it happen.

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Posted: 28 August 2012 01:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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That would make much more sense than costing everyone else on both ends…

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Posted: 28 August 2012 07:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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On one hand I agree that living with what happened is punishment enough. On the other hand it should serve as proof that certain people just dont belong in the woods. Our woods are full of inexperienced idiots and there is always trouble waiting to happen

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Posted: 28 August 2012 10:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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carrollcountyhunter2024600 - 27 August 2012 06:59 PM

If he is never allowed to own another gun or hunt again it would make a lot more chance.

Whatever he plead to was probably a felony of some sort, and felons can’t posses guns in Illinois or most (probably all) other states.  He may be able to bow hunt though.

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Posted: 29 August 2012 08:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Our justice system is such a mess, some times I just wander about the different sentences that is handed out. I’ve read where there is a accidental shooting in a home, someone is cleaning a weapon it goes off, someone in the room dies and the person holding the weapon ends up doing a couple of years. What’s the difference in this case, his gun may have went off by accident also by not having the safety on and this was just a super freaky thing, but a life was still lost and a family forever has been changed. Yes, civil court can get the family money, but money can’t fill the hole left inside by the loss of a loved one. And on the other hand, who is to say this couldn’t happen to one of us holding a gun. Not knowing the guy I can’t say I am more responsable with a gun or a better hunter or more worried about safety. This may be just one of those things that happens in life that really really sucks. Then on the other hand we may wonder about the sentence handed out, who’s to say that the guy responsable hasn’t stepped up to the plate for the family already and there may not even be a civil case and that is the reason for his sentence.

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