Mother of Hate Crime Victim Notified of Perpetrator’s Early Release Via Automated Message
July 2, 2009
Yesterday the mother of hate crime victim Sean Kennedy was notified via a recorded message that the man responsible for her son's death was being released from prison immediately - a week earlier than expected. It's the latest heart wrenching development in a story devoid of justice for Sean and his family. Stephen Andrew Moller was only convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Sean's death and sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to three years. He then received credit for the 199 days he spent in county lock-up and then his sentence was cut by two more months after he received his GED in prison. After he was denied early parole, his release date was set for July 7, 2009. In a statement, Sean's mother Elke Kennedy said:
Again the judicial system failed they say one thing and do something else. He should have served every single day of the already short sentence, instead he was released from prison today, one week early. Where is the justice?
Issues: Hate Crimes
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