I originally posted about Juggalo Steven Bauder and his non-juggalo friend Marcus Dennis here. They were both in trial for the hours long beating death of 25-year-old Noel Lopez.
Dennis believed that Lopez raped a 15-year-old female friend of his. Police say that Lopez liked the girl but the two never had any kind of sexual relationship. Bauder, considering himself a ‘street enforcer’ assisted Dennis with beating Lopez to death.
Two weeks after the trial started the pair have pleaded guilty to Noel Lopez’s death. In the terms of the plea they are facing a max of 26 years. If they would have been convicted of first degree murder they were looking at life sentences. The pair will be sentenced in early 2012.
Bauder also considered himself part of a group called Downtown Juggalos. Again, if you don’t want police to consider you a gang don’t all dress alike and have the same haircuts and commit murder. That’s what gangs do.
24-year-old Brandon Joshua-Frederick Hayes of Argentine Township, Michigan has been charged with the brutal beating and torture death of his girlfriend’s son 4-year-old Dominick Calhoun.
Hayes allegedly started the days long torture of Dominick after Dominick wet himself on the couch.
Hayes allegedly beat Dominick in the legs, arms, genitals and head, poked him in the eyes and also burned him across his knuckles as well. While he was beating him Hayes would keep asking him ‘Who is going to pay for this couch’.
Hayes is also said to have resented Dominick because Dominick’s biological father allegedly did not pay child support. What the fuck does that have to do with you jackass? That’s not your money. Were you expecting it so you can buy weed, PBR and Newports? Shit, when my (step)children were still of child support age I was embarrassed that I didn’t make enough money so the child support wouldn’t be needed.
Dominick’s mother claims that she did everything to prevent the days long beating but that she was beaten too. Granted I wasn’t there but unless she was unconscious or restrained for the entire course of the beating she didn’t do enough.
Police confirmed there was a history of the boy being taken into Child Protective Services while he was with his mother, though they declined to comment further.
Hayes also allegedly referred to Dominick as “nothing more than a little crack head (baby) and he deserved to die.”
It sounds like this crackhead was projecting his own lack of worth to society on Dominick.
In order we have Shane Roof (Roofie), 20, Curtis Foose (Ice Cold), 25, Jeffrey Gombert (Smokestack), 19, and Andrew Tutko (Chia Pet), 19. Ok, I made the last nickname up. Anyway, they are all Juggalos from the Hazleton, Pennsylvania area. They’ve all been arrested in the death of former Juggalo 21-year-old Anthony Locascio. I say former since he’s no longer drawing breath.
The story goes that Locascio ratted out some his Juggalo family to police on some vandalism charges. Locascio and an accomplice allegedly cut the brakeline of a car that belonged to a girl they knew.
So in retaliation the four allegedly lured him out into the woods with the promise of two pounds of weed, beat him to death with baseball bats and then removed his clothes. That’s basically the way you sometimes get dishonorably discharged from a Juggalo clique.
Give props to police and District Attorney for refusing to comment on the Juggalo connection. Too many small town police forces act like Juggalos are the second coming of The Crips when most of them don’t even have the IQ of a dog biscuit.
And to the Juggalos out there, if you want people to stop thinking you’re a gang, stop acting like one.
This is the story of murder that was facilitated through craigslist that did not capture the national media’s attention. To be honest it escaped my attention as well.
Back in February 57-year-old Richard Gardner of Cape Coral, Florida was beaten to death aboard his boat which was docked in Stock Island, Florida in the Keys.
It’s alleged that 32-year-old Jonathon LeBaron laid in wait aboard Gardner’s boat before beating him to death.
So how is craigslist involved you may be asking? Gardner was allegedly led back to his boat by 40-year-old Kristena Whitmore who is LeBron’s girlfriend. She also had posted an ad on a certain section of craigslist where Gardner used her for her oral skills.
Now granted ultimately LeBaron is ultimately responsible for Mr. Gardner’s death if convicted. And yes Mr. Gardner put himself in jeopardy by engaging in illicit activity with a stranger. However back in the day people would be discouraged from engaging in picking up prostitutes because hookers would mostly be in the bad parts of town. craigslist’s erotic services sections has brought prostitution from out of the inner cities and into the rest of the country and it brings all the other crimes associated with prostitution with it.
I believe that brings the number of ‘craigslist murders’ on this site to 9.
In a move that makes absolutely no sense to me 18-year-old Brittani Hardcastle was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation for the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay. She also has the usual stipulations of not contacting the media for profit and can’t belong to any social networking sites.
Why it doesn’t make sense to me is that Hardcastle is the only one to get jail time. All previous suspects were given probation and had to write letters of apology.
Was Hardcastle the sacrificial lamb? I have no problem with her serving jail time, as a matter of fact it should have been more. However if you’re going to sentence one of them to jail then why not sentence all of them?
Can we officially call this a travesty of justice now?
April Cooper and Kayla Hassell were both given probation for their parts in the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay. Cooper was given two years and Hassell one. That brings the grand total of jail time that all of the suspects have been sentenced to a whopping zero. No jail time at all for a videotaped beating that would make most street gangs proud.
Both were also told they had to write a letter of apology to Victoria. Cooper already had hers and read it aloud in court. From what I’ve heard Victoria wasn’t actually there.
Both have also been ordered not to have any contact with Victoria or her family and they can’t have any accounts on social sites like MySpace or Facebook. How will they endure?
The only one left to be sentenced is Brittini Hardcastle and she’ll be sentenced March 20th.
Anyway, 18-year-old Brittany Mayes was given the ever so harsh sentence of 1 year probation, $2000 in restitution paid to Victoria Lindsay’s family and she can not access any social sites like MySpace or Facebook.
Mercades Nichols was sentenced to 3 years probation, she must write a letter of apology, must stay in school or be employed full-time, can have no contact with Victoria or her family and can not talk to the media for profit.
So basically they were given the proverbial slaps on the wrist.
I’m not saying they should have been sentenced to life in prison but they should have received at least some time in county lock up.
I can’t tell if this is irony or not. Poetic justice maybe?
Anyway Christina Garcia is the mother of Mercades Nichols. Nichols was the alleged ring leader of the videotaped beating of Victoria Lindsay.
Previously Ms. Garcia filed a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for making ‘defamatory’ remarks and causing ’severe emotional damages’.
I think that lawsuit may be in jeopardy now that Ms. Garcia has been arrested for battery charges for beating her daughter Mercades.
During altercations Saturday afternoon, Garcia grabbed her daughter by the hair, kicked her several times, and spat on her, sheriff’s officials said.
It gets better though, or maybe more weird would be appropriate. Garcia called police stating that Mercades had assaulted her. However when police investigated they discovered that Garcia was the aggressor.
One could almost say that it looks like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Sorry that I’m late with this one. The stories broke while I was on vacation.
Anyway the last of the three suspects in the recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay have all agreed to plea deal ensuring that none of the suspects will face trial.
Brittini Hardcastle pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery. Under the plea agreement prosecutors agreed to drop a felony count of tampering with a witness. Hardcastle is still facing up to five months jail time and will be sentenced on March 30th.
Kayla Hassall pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery. Under the terms of her plea prosecutors agreed to drop felony kidnapping charges. April Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor battery.
All 3 also have the provisions that they must write letters of apology to Victoria and can not talk to the media for profit.
As some of my commenters have mentioned what’s the deal with the letters of apology? For one I doubt they’ll be sincere and secondly why not just make them write ‘I will not beat Victoria’ 500 times on a blackboard. It will probably have the same effect.
Mercades Nichols has accepted a plea deal in the video recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay. According to the terms of the plea Nichols faces up to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, she must write a letter of apology to Victoria, and she can not profit from the media. Also under the plea prosecutors agreed to drop the kidnapping charge which carries a life sentence.
If you’ll recall prosecutors said that they would only offer Nichols the deal if co-defendant Brittini Hardcastle also accepted a deal. She’s expected to take a plea deal on Feb. 4th.