Man sentenced to 20 years in murder of online rival
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A 48-year-old man caught up in an internet love triangle was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his rival after being dumped by the woman they both competed for.
Thomas Montgomery of Cheektowaga, New York, pleaded guilty in August to the shooting death of 22-year-old Brian Barrett while he sat in a pickup truck shortly after work ended.
Montgomery had passed himself off as an 18-year-old Marine in online chats with a middle-aged West Virginia mother, identified as Mary Sheiler. Never mind that the woman herself posed as an 18-year-old student by using photos of her daughter. When she learned the truth about Montgomery, their online romance cooled and she turned her attention to Barrett.
“When he could no longer get the Sheiler girl, the chats reveal an obsessive desire to make Brian Barrett suffer and to make her suffer,” prosecuting attorney Frank Sedita said.
Montgomery and Sheiler began chatting in 2005. The woman learned the truth about her online lover after mailing him a package. It was intercepted by the man's wife, who contacted Sheiler to tell her his age and marital status. The couple never met face to face.
Montgomery then sought out Barrett, who had been mentioned in the online exchanges.
"My wife and I don't understand how this could happen, how such evil could walk the Earth," Barrett's father, Daniel, said during the sentencing hearing. "To gun down a boy over simple jealousy does not make sense to us."
Doesn't make sense
"To gun down a boy over simple jealousy does not make sense to us"
Sorry, but although I can understand and sympathize with their bereavement, things like that have been happening since before guns were invented.
Passion (not love) has been the source of a great many murders. There is no surprise in this development.
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it's like Jerry Springer, but online, with guns, and it takes longer.
I'm not responding to only this tragedy but justice in general.
Isn't it ironic when the family of somemone who was engaging in questionable behavior, especially when they have skeletons in their own closets, suddenly takes the high road and makes statements as if they are good moral people when it comes time to punish someone? The next day, they're back to their usual seedy lives.
Usually this is just a pathetic deception, supposed victims pretending to have very high moral standards in an attempt to seek the most revenge possible. They want to feel good about themselves by posturing and pointing the finger at someone else.
I certainly do not condone what happened, but this trend in the justice system is very disturbing. IMO, victims' families should not be allowed to speak, any human life is as important as another and sentencing should never have an emotional background of what a family member had to say. Particularly disturbing is when they claim loss and sue, as if they weren't required to make their way in life doing what is fruitfull and of profit like everybody else.
Sorry scumbags, but there is no monetary settlement that is proper for losing a loved one. If you really loved them, I am sorry for your loss, but a boatload of money is only a distraction, not suitable restitution, and you show your true colors when seeking that.