Man convicted of manslaughter walks free

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  He shot a guy who broke into his girlfriend’s car in broad daylight.  Jury found him guilty of manslaughter but recommended no jail time.  Course, the man will be a convicted felon for the rest of his life.  And he seems to be a very decent guy.  I am torn.  There should be some penalty, but sending him to jail doesn’t sound like it would accomplish much…

Moral: Don’t shoot somebody for stealing property outside your house.  We don’t execute thieves, so you can’t either.  Oh, and don’t break into a car owned by a girl with a boyfriend who lives nearby and who owns a .40 cal automatic. 

I have to ask: Would the verdict be the same if the defendant had been white and the deceased had been black?

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