Again, I have to apologize for being late in bringing you this story. The recent spate of school shootings has been keeping me busy, however, this story is no less important.
Back in the Spring of last year, 21-year-olds Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland were shot and killed during a craigslist transaction gone wrong. Smith and Moreland were said to be selling a gun on craigslist and met 22-year-old Kevin Garcia-Boettler and 16-year-old Brett Boettler. Once Moreland and Smith approached the suspects’ van, one of the suspects claims they heard a gun being cocked by one of the victims. This resulted in one of the suspects firing on the two men, killing them both, but this was no case of self-defense.
After shooting the two victims in their van, the Boettler brothers took their victims to their mom’s home where 43-year-old Johnny Barker, Mrs. Boettler’s boyfriend, is said to have helped the brothers dispose of the bodies. Smith’s and Moreland’s bodies were dismembered before being thrown into a pond. Inside the Boettler’s van police found a bucket of water with a chainsaw bar inside and soaking in the water along with several jigsaw blades.
More recently, both Boettler brothers have pleaded guilty to murder charges. Kevin Garcia-Boettler was sentenced to 25-years while Brett Boettler was sentenced to life. However, the district attorney’s office said that he will end up serving 30 years in prison and 15 years on probation. I imagine that would be because Boettler was a juvenile at the time of the murders even though he was charged as an adult.
Craigslist’s terms of service forbid firearms from being sold or traded on their site, yet it happens all the time. The problem with craigslist is the usual one as they hardly ever do any kind of moderation on their site for any kind of illegal items or sales. Instead, they rely on their users to flag any kind of inappropriate ad, the same users who are posting illegal ads, to begin with. This is akin to the inmates running the asylum. Craigslist has the ability to screen for ads but refuses to do so unless it benefits them. They allow guns to change hands of ‘responsible gun owners’ without even batting an eye.