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Hainstock’s conviction upheld again

Eric Hainstock

Eric Hainstock

Appeals court: Hainstock conviction stands:

In 2006 a then 15-year-old Eric Hainstock shot and killed John Klang in the halls of Weston Schools where Klang was the principal. The usual excuses were given, he was bullied, he had a hard home life, etc. Hainstock has become a favorite of the peal-twisters since he was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Hainstock had previously tried to get a new trial saying his counsel was ineffective but that appeal was denied.

Last week The Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Hainstock’s conviction once again denying him a new trial. This time it was argued that his confession should have been ruled inadmissible which the court agreed with. However the court also ruled that witness testimony would have been more than enough to convict Hainstock and send him to prison for life.

Now before everyone gets all weepy eyed over this punk spending his life in prison John Klang actually tried to help Hainstock with not only the alleged bullying but also with Hainstock’s home life. However he suspended Hainstock for being caught with cigarettes which was his job and Hainstock fires a number of bullets into him at almost point-blank range.

That’s not someone I want in my society.

Hainstock’s lawyer says he will appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court but I have to say what I always say in these cases.

John Klang doesn’t have the luxury of appealing his unwarranted death sentence.

Hainstock tries for new trial again

Eric Hainstock

Eric Hainstock

Hainstock seeking new trial for murder:

Eric Hainstock was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Weston schools principal John Klang. Hainstock was 15 when he killed Principal Klang. He’s been one of those that the kid criminal crowd have touted that he was too young to be sentenced to adult prison. They say he was bullied (boo-hoo) and abused at home. Still no reason to kill a man with a family.

Anyway Hainstock tried to appeal for a new trial before and was denied and then he said he would represent himself. Apparently he’s had a change of heart with representing himself because not only does he have a new attorney but he’s appealing for a new trial once again.

His lawyer is saying that Hainstock was too mentally ill to know how to waive his Miranda rights and that he received improper counsel since his lawyer did not try to have the trial relocated.

He did have the mental capacity of course to take two guns to school and still commit murder when one of his guns were taken away.

John Klang still can’t appeal his unwarranted death sentence.

A fool for a client: Eric Hainstock lets lawyer go

Hainstock opts to go it alone:

The last time we checked in on John Klang’s convicted killer the lawyer for Eric Hainstock wanted to stop representing his client because the attorney felt there were no more chances for appeal. This past Friday it was made official as Hainstock appeared in court telling the judge that he had no problem with his attorney quitting and that he would represent himself on future appeals.

Hainstock claims that he’s already found grounds for appeal by reading the prison’s law books.

So this kid who couldn’t even finish high school without killing his principal thinks he’s smarter than someone who has acquired a law degree. Let me know how that works out for you.

Hainstock’s abusive father, Shawn Hainstock, was quoted as saying, “This is not what I wanted.” Maybe you should have thought of that before you abused your own son. As far as I’m concerned you should be in prison with him.

Hainstock’s lawyer quits

Hainstock to continue appeal:

Eric Hainstock continues to blame everyone but himself for the shooting death of Weston Schools principal John Klang.

Hainstock’s appeals lawyer just recently filed a motion to withdraw from being Hainstock’s counsel. Attorney Paul G. Bonneson believes that Hainstock has no legitimate grounds to appeal his life sentence after his previous request for a new jury trial was denied.

However Hainstock wants to continue appealing his sentence on his own. And we all know what they say about a man who represents himself.

Hainstock denied new trial

No new trial for Hainstock:

John Klang’s killer will not be receiving a new trial. Sauk County (WI) Circuit Court Judge Patrick Taggart said in a written ruling that Eric Hainstock received a fair trial for the shooting death of Principal Klang in the halls of Weston High School. Judge Taggart said that the jury had plenty of other evidence that showed Hainstock was intent on killing Klang.

“There is the physical evidence of the multiple shots delivered in close contact to the victim,” he writes. “Hainstock’s statements to others that Klang would not live to see homecoming (that evening), defendant’s statements to the janitor that he was there with two weapons to “(expletive) kill someone.”

Hainstock, who was 15 at the time of the 2006 murder, is serving a life sentence.

Hainstock sentenced

Hainstock Sentenced To Life In Prison But With Parole Possibilities:

Eric Hainstock has been sentenced to life behind bars with the possibility of parole in 30 years for the shooting death of Weston Schools principal John Klang.

Judge Patrick Taggart said that he considered Hainstock’s age and background before sentencing. He said that he believes the teen can be rehabilitated, WISC-TV reported.

Defense attorneys had requested parole eligibility after 20 years while the state had requested 49 years with the date of eligibility being Sept.29, 2056 — or 50 years after the shooting at Weston Schools, WISC-TV reported.

The jurors who convicted Hainstock said that they focused on the guns and ammunition that he brought to school and the number of shots fired in determining his intent to murder.

Juror Brian Ludolph, of Prairie du Sac, said on Friday the fact numerous shots were fired by Hainstock convinced them the student intended to kill Klang. Ludolph said that Hainstock bringing the guns and ammunition to school also played into their finding of intent.

Juror Diana Mielke, of North Freedom, said that the jury was initially split on whether Hainstock intended to kill Klang.

Mielke said that she was initially among the six who thought Hainstock didn’t have intent to kill, but changed her mind after recalling Hainstock’s lack of emotion during the trial.

Thankfully there was a jury with common sense who recognized Hainstock’s intent and weren’t fooled by his lies.

Justice has been served.

While you’re at WISC’s website take the poll and let them know how you feel about the verdict and sentence. You can probably guess how I voted.

Hainstock guilty

Wisconsin Teen Guilty in Principal’s Death:

Not only was Eric Hainstock found guilty in the shooting death of principal John Klang he was also convicted on the first-degree intentional homicide charge. He’s looking at life in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow.

Breaking out the violin for Hainstock

Wis. teen who shot principal testifies he was bullied at school:

Here we go. Now we get to see how rough poor widdle Eric Hainstock had it.

On the morning of the shooting, Hainstock testified, he awoke feeling tired of being picked on at school and said to himself, “I have to get all of this to stop.”

At school, he was stuffed into lockers, had his head dunked into toilets and was called a “fag” by his classmates, he said. As a result of the bullying, he attempted suicide three times.

His classmates’ comments “cut a little deeper,” he said, because at the age of 6, he was sexually molested by his 12-year-old stepbrother. He kept the alleged assaults a secret, he said.

Hainstock’s father, Shawn Hainstock, cried as his son testified.

Wait a minute. I thought his father was an abusive ogre who didn’t care about his son.

When he came home from school, Hainstock said, his parents forced him to do most of the housework. When he failed to do so, he was disciplined.

Hainstock testified that his father often kicked him and also used a wooden board called “the board of education” to spank him.

He said his father also refused to provide him with medication to help curb his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Yeah, like that. If they were as poor as everyone is making them out to be they more than likely would have been eligible for government assistance where the medication would have cost them next to nothing. Not to mention the fact that ADD and ADHD is probably the most mis-diagnosed and over-diagnosed condition of the modern medical age in my opinion. And which one is it that makes the kids go crazy? Is it being on meds or not being on meds. I forget since I’ve seen both used as criminal defenses.

After loading his father’s 20-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber revolver, he drove to school, hoping he could force Klang to listen to his problems, he said.

Again, no reason to load the guns if his intent was to scare, which it wasn’t. Not only that but what made him think that taking two guns to school to threaten people with wasn’t going to land him in jail. Did he think that miraculously all his problems would disappear and there would be no repercussions to his actions? What a dumbass.

When he entered the school, he screamed, “Everyone get in the office. I’m not f—ing kidding!”

He said he didn’t get flustered when the school’s maintenance man, David Thompson, was able to grab the shotgun out of his hand. Hainstock said he reacted by pulling the handgun out of his pants.

That sounds strangely like the characteristics of a cold-blooded killer to me. He’s lucky that Mr. Thompson didn’t blow him away right then and there.

When Klang turned the corner, Hainstock testified, he pointed the gun at him and said, “I ain’t going to do nothing … let’s go to the office, I want to talk.”

Hainstock said Klang agreed to talk to him in his office, but as they walked there, Klang grabbed him and the gun went off accidentally.

“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” Hainstock testified.

He said he then aimed the gun at Klang’s arm and fired “so he would let go of him.”

After an accidental third shot fired, Hainstock said he was in shock.

“I didn’t think Mr. Klang was going to die … I hoped not,” Hainstock said. “I didn’t plan to hurt nobody.”

“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” How in the hell would he have to be holding the gun for that to possibly happen?

Closing arguments are scheduled for today.

Defense testimony in Hainstock trial

Defense rests in Hainstock trial:

First let’s hear from Hainstock’s grandmother…

The last witness to testify was Hainstock?s grandmother, Irene Hainstock, who said Eric called her from jail after his arrest.

“What have you done,” she recalled asking her grandson. “I don’t know, grandma. Something snapped in my head,” was the response.

Some more students…

Other defense witnesses included five students at Weston who saw Eric enter the school with a shotgun and saw it taken away from him. None remembered hearing him say, “I’m here to (expletive) kill somebody,” as one witness recalled.

On cross-examination, however, most said they weren’t sure they could hear everything that was being said that day.

Now let’s hear from Hainstock himself…

In his own testimony, Hainstock said he brought the shotgun and pistol to the school to make people listen to him and did not intend to kill Klang.

Hainstock said he needed the weapons — a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber revolver — “because they would be scared,” he said, referring to people at the school. “If they were scared they’d listen, hopefully.”

Hainstock, 16, testified unemotionally as the first witness in the defense case after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday morning.

Mounting frustration with his home life and with persistent taunting at school led him to the desperate action, he said, which he said was not intended to hurt anyone.

But after Klang grabbed him from behind at the school, Hainstock testified, the gun went off.

“It was accidental,” he said. He heard a grunt from Klang, he said, who continued to hold him. Hainstock said a second shot, which struck Klang on the side of the head but did not penetrate his skull, was intended for Klang’s arm, to get Klang to let go of him.

Hainstock said he underestimated the lethal power of the .22.

“I didn’t think it would hurt nobody that bad because it was so little,” he said.

I don’t buy any of it. According to this article when asked by his attorney why Hainstock loaded the weapons he said it was “just a reaction.” Loading two separate weapons is not a reaction. That’s intent. And what did he think the .22 would do? Just bounce off people? And what if the shotgun was not taken from him. Did he think that a shotgun “wouldn’t hurt nobody?”

Anything less than a conviction of first degree murder is a travesty of justice.

Hainstock's videotaped statement

Wis. Teen Told Police He ‘Freaked Out’:

The videotaped statement that Eric Hainstock gave to investigators was shown to the jury yesterday.

The video, filmed just hours after the Sept. 29 shooting, shows Hainstock slouched in a Sauk County Sheriff’s Department interview room with Klang’s blood on his clothes. He tells detectives that he complained to Klang for three years about kids teasing him and calling him a “fag,” but that Klang did nothing to stop them.

That morning after his parents left their home, he says in the video, he “was still ticked off” at various students and the principal.

According to the criminal complaint, Hainstock, then a 15-year-old freshman, went to school outside Cazenovia, about 65 miles northwest of Madison, with a shotgun and a revolver.

A janitor tore the shotgun away, and Hainstock pulled out the revolver, cocked it and got ready to fire, he tells detectives in the video.

Hainstock was well-trained in firearms. You don’t cock the hammer on a gun unless you have full intentions of using it.

He says Klang came toward him and asked him, ‘What’s going on?'”

“I’m like, ‘I’m sick of you guys,'” he says in the interview.

He ordered Klang into an office, and as they turned to walk there, Klang jumped him, Hainstock says. He stuck his pistol under Klang’s left armpit and fired three times, he says. Klang later died.

“I just freaked out,” Hainstock says.

Yet multiple witnesses have testified that they heard Hainstock say he was there to kill someone. To me cocking the gun definitely shows intent. If he wanted to scare someone he could have just pointed an empty gun at them. But no Hainstock went in there with two different loaded weapons with multiple rounds available for reloading. He was planning on a massacre. He didn’t freak out. He probably realized that when John Klang went for his gun that it was probably the only chance he was going to get for revenge. John Klang probably saved a lot of lives that fateful day.