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Aaron Ybarra found guilty of murder in SPU school shooting

Aaron Ybarra found guilty of murder in SPU school shooting

Yesterday, not believing his claims of being possessed by Eric Harris or the pepper spray making him lie about his intent to kill, a jury found Aaron Ybarra guilty of first-degree murder. Ybarra killed 19-year-old Paul Lee when Ybarra opened fire on Seattle Pacific University in 2014. A number of jurors said that his journal and his admission of going off his meds to ‘feel the hate’ weighed heavily toward his conviction.

Ybarra wanted to emulate his heroes, like Eric Harris and Cho Seung-Hui, but instead he’ll be just another unoriginal loser whose name will be lost to history in a few years. It’s only a shame that he had to kill an innocent man to punctuate his own failures.

Ybarra is looking at a max of 111 years when he is sentenced in January.

Mother of Antigo shooter says responding cop was ‘careless’

Mother of Antigo shooter says responding cop was 'careless'

18-year-old Jakob Wagner was shot and killed by a patrolling police officer after Wagner opened fire on Antigo High School in Wisconsin while the school’s prom was taking place back in April. The officer, Andrew Hopfensperger, was cleared of any wrongdoing with investigators stating that lethal force was justified.

Wagner’s mother has once again taken to the media, this time to address her issue with Officer Hopfensperger.

“It’s extremely hard to see the officer smiling in every picture and, I believe, in an interview recently he said that he doesn’t even think about it anymore and it doesn’t bother him,” said Wagner. “Even if it wasn’t my child, the fact that he… basically cornered somebody and shot nine bullets at them, and six of them went into the school and it doesn’t bother him, is kind of wrong.”

Everyone is free to grieve in their own way, however it’s ignorant to think that any policeman is unaffected by shooting and killing another human being, let alone an 18-year-old kid. Even though police live their job 24/7 and it affects them, they can’t let events like this rule them to the point of ineffectiveness. I have no doubt that this shooting took its toll on him but being a professional, he still had to go out and face the public that he was sworn to protect.

Many officers have retried and have had mental issues after a shooting like this. The fact that Officer Hopfensperger is still working is a testament to his resolve.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)

SPU shooter testifies he was possessed by Columbine killer

SPU shooter testifies he was possessed by Columbine killer

Seattle Pacific University gunman Aaron Ybarra, testified in court earlier this week and his testimony was not without spectacle. In his testimony Yabrra claims that he heard the voice of Columbine coward Eric Harris.

“I was hearing Eric Harris’ voice, but before that I felt God talking to me and saying something in my heart,” Ybarra said during questioning by defense attorney Ramona Brandes.

He also claims that he had heard Harris’ voice in his head for years. Ybarra also testified that he didn’t know the shooting that killed SPU student Paul Lee was real until he was in the back of a police cruiser.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ybarra actually believed that he heard the voice of Harris. As I’ve posted previously, Ybarra is what’s know as a columbiner, that’s basically a school shooting fanboy. I’ve been researching columbiners even before they were called that. An inordinate number of them claim to have had some sort of supernatural encounter with one of the Columbine cowards. The one story that sticks out in my mind, even to this day, is a story I read on a pro-Columbine message board. A grown woman had claimed to have had sex with the ghost of Dylan Klebold, and had his ghost babies. I wish I was making that up.

The reason I think that Ybarra is going with the ever so popular ‘I heard voices’ defense is because his attorney is pursuing an insanity defense. In my opinion that’s a bold strategy to take since, to my knowledge, that defense has never worked for a living American school shooter.

Also according to Ybarra’s testimony it was the pepper spray that was used to subdue him that made him claim to police that he intended to kill people at the school.

Ybarra replied: “The pepper spray was too strong,” referring to his capture by student safety monitor Jon Meis. “I was talking too fast … It was making my mind feel worse.”

He went on to testify that he had a hard time “concentrating on telling the truth” because of the effects of pepper spray.

“The pepper spray was messing me up,” he said.

I’ve never had the misfortune of being pepper sprayed but I’ve never heard of claiming to want to kill as many as people as possible as a side effect.

Considering that Ybarra went off his meds to ‘feel the hate’, it’s obvious that Ybarra knew right from wrong at the time of the shooting. Just like every other school shooter that claimed insanity, the only malady effecting Ybarra’s reasoning is an acute case of fakeritis.

La Loche gunman pleads guilty: Victims demand adult sentence

La Loche gunman pleads guilty: Victims demand adult sentence

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

The still as yet unnamed gunman from the shooting at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of school employees Marie Janvier and Adam Wood. He has also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, who were shot and killed at a residence prior to the school shooting. The gunman was 17 at the time of the shootings and under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, the shooter can not be named.

Which brings us to sentencing. Previously prosecutors have stated that they are seeking to have the gunman sentenced as an adult. The gunman was around a month away from his 18th birthday when he committed these crimes and many relatives of his victims and the victims that lived would also like to see him sentenced as an adult. If he is to be sentenced as a juvenile he would only be in detention for 10 years, while an adult sentencing would mean a mandatory life sentence with parole being deferred 25 years for each victim.

While no official motive has been given to the shootings, some reports say that the gunman was teased about his ears. If he thinks that’s a reason to commit a killing spree then he most definitely needs to be locked away for the rest of his natural life.

His next scheduled court appearance is scheduled for January 31st.

Kenny Bartley released from jail yet again

Kenny Bartley released from jail yet again

Kenny Bartley

Late last week, Campbell County school shooter, Kenny Bartley, was released from jail yet again. He had been serving time for violating his probation when he failed to update his address with authorities and violating the terms of his alcohol monitoring bracelet.

In 2005, when Bartley was a teenager, he opened fire in the administration office of Campbell County High School in Tennessee, killing Principal Ken Bruce. He was charged as an adult and his plea deal saw him sentenced to 45 years. However, the plea was thrown out and a subsequent retrial saw Bartley being released after time served.

Sometime after his release, Bartley went to live with his counselor and her family in Virginia. The counselor’s young son has since died from blunt force trauma and the autopsy reports say that it was related to child abuse. Bartley was allegedly with the boy at the time. So far there have been no criminal charges filed in the boy’s death.

There have also been accusations that Bartley had been romantically involved with his counselor while in Virginia.

If history is any indicator it probably won’t be long before Bartley is in trouble again. The only question is will there be another body left in his wake?

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

Early last week the 911 calls to police from the Townville Elementary School shooting were released. In one of those calls the caller claimed that there was a second shooter in the area. Does this mean that Jesse Osborne had an accomplice that is currently at large? Not at all.

As I’ve discussed before second shooters in school shootings are rare and have only happened at Columbine and Jonesboro. Reportings of second shooters are usually due to multiple eyewitness reports of the same shooter or someone claiming that someone fleeing from the site is another shooter.

So don’t read too much into second shooter claims. Initial reports from school shootings are often incomplete or even downright wrong. The odds are it’s just two different witnesses describing the same person.

Additional charges in Townville Elementary School Shooting

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

I don’t know why this should matter, but it turns out that the volunteer fireman, Jamie Brock, who was first on the scene was armed. No word on if Brock used his firearm when he subdued gunman Jesse Osborne.

As expected, Jesse Osborne has been charged with a second count of murder, after 6-year-old victim Jacob Hall died from his injuries. This is in addition to the initial charge of murder for the shooting death of Osborne’s father, Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne. Osborne was also charged with another charge of attempted murder as a new juvenile victim was identified. That victim’s injuries were said to be minor.

Prosecutors in South Carolina have asked the court to try Osborne as an adult. As I mentioned before, under SC law a 14-year-old charged with murder can be charged as an adult. The court will rule on this once Osborne has been psychologically evaluated. As of this posting, no motive has yet to be made public.

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old Jacob Hall was the victim from the Townville Elementary school shooting who was in critical condition after losing a massive amount of blood. Unfortunately, Jacob died from his injuries earlier today.

The shooter’s name has also been made public and he is 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Osborne is believed to have also shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Hall family and the community affected by the shooting.

Thanks to @Shearere13 for the tip.

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

The man who was found murdered was 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, the father of the 14-year-old shooter. The shooter’s name has still not been released due to his age. The boy allegedly shot his father several times in the chest before the boy called his grandmother in hysterics. His grandmother couldn’t understand him so she went to their home where she found Mr. Osborne’s body. It was shortly after that when it’s believed the shooter opened fire with a handgun on the playground section of the school.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the injuries the victims received were non-life threatening, that wasn’t exactly correct. One of the 6-year-old children almost died from his injuries and is still in critical condition. One witness has said that the shooter had additional ammo with him and it could have been worse if the gun had not repeatedly jammed. The shooter was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who was first on the scene. No motive has been disclosed as of yet, and the shooter’s connection to the school is unknown as he was said to have been home schooled after being suspended for allegedly bringing a weapon to school. One of the students has been quoted as saying that she heard the shooter say that he hated his life. The shooter was also said to be wearing all black at the time of the shooting.

While it has not yet been discussed, under South Carolina law, a 14-year-old who is charged with murder can be tried as an adult.

If I had to hazard a guess at this time, with this preliminary information, I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid turned out to be a ‘columbiner’, or what I prefer to call a ‘mutant’, in other words, a school shooting fanboy. Usually an entitled selfish kid who feels that some minor transgression they perceive against them is worth killing for. As always though, this is just my amateur opinion at this point. I’d also be interested in knowing how the shooter obtained the weapon each time.

Lastly what I’d like to add is that it’s not unusual for a school shooter to kill a family member before they attack the school. Kip Kinkel killed his parents, Jeff Weise killed his grandfather who was his custodial guardian, and Alvaro Castillo killed his father. In many cases when a child kills a parent there are accusations of child abuse, it will be interesting to see if those claims are made.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: The shooter has so far been charged as a juvenile on one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

(Sources)
CBS News
The Post and Courier
WYFF
Independent Mail
The State

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Earlier today, a teen suspect opened fire on Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina. Two children and a female teacher were struck by bullets, although their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The suspect has been taken into custody, and is believed to be connected to a death in Townville that took place earlier in the day. The deceased is said to be an adult male whose body was found at a residence.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows. The only thing I’ll comment on right now is that I’m surprised it took this long into the school year for something like this to happen.