It’s useful to track a Negative Outcome incident from start to finish. In this case, the Negative Outcome was an Unjustifiable Shooting.
A quick summary of the events is:
- Two individuals were on a Michigan man’s property, early in the morning.
- Most likely their intent was to steal. They were on a ‘crime spree.’
- The man heard them and came out on his porch with a .22 semi-automatic rifle.
- He challenged them.
- At least one of them began to run away.
- He shot both of them and killed them.
- An investigation followed.
- Months later, he was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree murder.
- More than two years later, he was convicted and sentenced to a long prison term.
- June 8, 2016 – a homeowner shoots and kill two trespassers shortly before 7AM.
- August 11, 2016 – he is arraigned on two counts of murder and subsequently released on $25,000 bond.
- February 21, 2018 – Court of Appeals rules that the deceased’s criminal records may not be introduced by the defense as evidence in the trial.
- July 17, 2018 – Trial begins.
- July 20, 2018 – Police Investigators testify that the men were shot from a considerable distance.
- July 24, 2018 – The shooter testifies in his own defense, stating: “I was scared for myself and my wife that [sic] is in bed sleeping”
- July 24, 2018 – After deliberating for seven hours, the jury convicts the shooter of two counts of second degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm in the course of a felony.
- September 19, 2018 – The shooter is sentenced to serve 19 to 40 years for the murders.
Just as with the Duel at the Dumpster, there are a number of lessons to be learned from this unfortunate incident.