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    Milwaukee man caught on video gunning down black kid gets life in prison.

    MILWAUKEE A 76-year-old Milwaukee man who fatally shot his unarmed teenage neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Monday, days after telling the court he killed the boy for justice because he believed he stole his shotguns.

    John Henry Spooner's home had been burglarized two days before the May 2012 shooting, and he suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons as the thief. So he confronted the teen, demanded that he return the guns and then shot him in the chest in front of his mother when he denied stealing anything.

    Spooner's own home surveillance cameras captured the shooting, and prosecutors aired the footage in court.

    A jury found Spooner guilty of first-degree intentional homicide last week, a conviction carrying a mandatory life sentence. The judge could have allowed for the possibility of parole after 20 years, but rejected that option, citing Spooner's lack of remorse and desire to also kill the teen's brother.

    Spooner, who has lung cancer and other physical ailments, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    While in court for his sentencing, Spooner spoke in a frail voice that was sometimes difficult to hear and reiterated that he felt he had little choice but to take the law into his own hands.

    "They had to rob the house," he said. "Why'd they do that to me? ... They pushed me over the edge, I guess. I don't know. As far as being sorry, I don't know if I did right or wrong."

    Judge Jeffrey Wagner replied sternly: "I can tell you, you did wrong. You took the life of a child."

    The defense had argued that the killing might have been reckless but not intentional, and said Spooner didn't mean for the shot to be fatal.

    The surveillance footage showed Spooner confronting Darius on a sidewalk, pointing a gun at the boy's chest and firing from a few feet away. Darius turned and fled, and then collapsed and died in the street moments later as his mother cradled him in her arms.

    Spooner fired a second shot that missed. He tried to fire a third one but his gun jammed.

    Darius' mother, Patricia Larry, has a wrongful-death lawsuit pending against Spooner.

    Police searched Darius' home within hours of the shooting and didn't find Spooner's weapons.

    Spooner testified at trial against his attorney's advice and said he killed the teen because he really wanted his guns back. He also acknowledged wanting to kill Darius' older brother when he ran to his sibling's aid as he lay dying in the street. But Spooner said he didn't shoot the brother because he didn't want to hit any of the others who had gathered around.

    When prosecutor Mark Williams suggested Spooner killed Darius as revenge for having his guns stolen, Spooner replied, "I wouldn't call it revenge. I would call it justice."

    Larry recalled those words from Spooner as she asked the judge to prevent him from ever being eligible for parole.

    "I want him to be accountable for what he did to my son, Darius Simmons. I want him to have life in prison," she said at Monday's sentencing. "He showed no remorse and said justice was served. He is a menace to society."

    The sentencing came about a week after former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted in Florida in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was also unarmed. In the opening days of Spooner's trial in Milwaukee, the judge told the jury pool to separate the two cases.

    During the trial, race Spooner is white and Darius was black was almost never mentioned, except when Spooner referred to his surveillance footage from the day of the burglary. It showed two black teenage males walking near his house from the direction of Darius' home. Their faces are difficult to identify and neither is carrying Spooner's guns.
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    And what does the kid being black have to do with anything? there's nothing like people who cheer when a white guy goes to prison for killing a black person as if it's some sort of scoreboard. Not everything is racially motivated, the guy just wanted his stolen **** back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halladay:26738640
    And what does the kid being black have to do with anything? there's nothing like people who cheer when a white guy goes to prison for killing a black person as if it's some sort of scoreboard. Not everything is racially motivated, the guy just wanted his stolen **** back.
    stop it.

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    I also don't know why the thread title has to mention the color of the kid's skin? Then again, I also have this issue with someone who knows wth he is doing as a "kid."
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    just another example of a white man getting away

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    And what does him being black have to do with anything?...


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    in a wild twist the 76 old man was from mars. He was red!and an ahole
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakman View Post
    stop it.
    Sorry mom.

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    In confused, why is it when somebody post a story where a white person. Is a victim of a black person. Everybody comes all yeah, yeah, where is the news about this what "y'all " got to say now? why doesn't Obama speak in this...etc

    But when its a story where the black person is the victim. Now It's a problem.

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    When I said "good", it had nothing whatsoever to do with race. It has to do with this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBKogMxbRAU

    the kid tries to calm him down. Works for a little while and then the old guy shoots him dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asandhu23 View Post
    When I said "good", it had nothing whatsoever to do with race. It has to do with this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBKogMxbRAU

    the kid tries to calm him down. Works for a little while and then the old guy shoots him dead.
    Read your title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halladay View Post
    Read your title.
    Just because I mentioned the fact that he was a black teenager means I am cheering and keeping a scoreboard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asandhu23 View Post
    why the **** did you put guned down "balck kid" his name is Darius Simmons..


    this is the ****ing problem right here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by asandhu23 View Post
    Just because I mentioned the fact that he was a black teenager means I am cheering and keeping a scoreboard?
    your as raciest as they come.. even lower then the people that kill out of race..

    you know why? b/c your blind to just how raciest you are..


    in no way does it matter what color his skin was..
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