You remember Daniel Petric don’t you? He’s the Ohio teen who was convicted of shooting his parents because they wouldn’t let him play the video game Halo 3. His Mother, Susan Petric, died but his father Mark Petric survived. Anyway this week Petric the younger was sentenced to 23 years to life for his actions. Petric cried like a baby during the hearing.
The judge who convicted him actually seems to blame the game. I’m 40 years old. I was part of the first generation of gamers who got their Atari 2600s in the late 70’s. I can’t wait until some of us start holding positions in national politics and judgeships so people will stop blaming the game when obviously it’s the criminal that’s wrong.
I originally posted about Daniel Petric here. He’s the 17-year-old from Ohio who shot his parents because they wouldn’t allow him to play the video game Halo 3. His father survived but his mother did not.
The defense tried the age-old but never successful video game defense stating it was Halo that caused Petric to kill his parents. However the judge was buying none of it and convicted Petric in the murder of his mother and shooting of his father.
Will lawyers continue yo use the video game defense? Undoubtedly. The scary part is it only takes one win for that defense to become viable. God help us if that day ever comes.
17-year-old Daniel Petric of Ohio is on trial for shooting his parents after his father forbade him from playing Halo 3. His father, Mark Petric, survived but his mother, Susan Petric, die from her wounds.
Petric had snuck out of the house to buy the game when he returned he was caught by his dad who took the game away from him. His father put the game in the same lockbox he kept a 9mm handgun.
A month later Petric was able to break into the box. He took the gun and shot both of his parents. He told them to close their eyes because he had a surprise for them and that’s when he shot them both. He then placed the gun in his dad’s hand and said “Hey Dad, here’s your gun. Take it.”
When Daniel’s older sister arrived at the house with her husband Daniel fled the scene taking the game with him.
He is being tried as an adult.
Now the question is did the game make him like this. After all Halo 3 is a fairly violent game to non-gamers. However the answer to that question of course is no. I’ve posted various stories about teens who have killed their parents and rarely are video games involved. Usually it’s over a boyfriend or girlfriend or some other teenage addiction that they allegedly couldn’t live without.
Unfortunately this is another case of a teen who thought that their alleged problems were more important than life itself. I wonder how our teens became so selfish.