Friday, May 17, 2013

Brandon deserves better

Some of you know that in the early hours of Black Friday in 2012 my nephew was killed. He was walking home from a bar. He walked everywhere within a 5 mile radius of his home. He was a talented, dedicated personal trainer.

He was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver as he was crossing an intersection. According to police it looked as if the driver never even slowed down or hit his breaks until he pulled over 2 1/2 blocks from the scene.

There were no witnesses. There were no cameras. Brandon was dead when police arrived.

He was 26 years old. He had faults, of course, but he was sweet and he was becoming a truly good man.

 Brandon Jennings 

He's on the left here. This was taken the weekend before he died. The man on the right was his boss who owned the gym where he worked. He was a very good friend to Brandon. In the picture, they have just finished getting a certificate to train people to do extreme mudder competitions.

This is one of my favorite pictures oh him.

Because of the laws in Missouri where he was killed, the man who killed him is only being charged with a DUI. It is his third DUI so he will do some time. Maybe 6 months.

No vehicular manslaughter or anything to indicate he took my nephew's live.

The judge asked everyone to call the man who is investigating and weighing in on what the man's sentence will be so he could take statements about the impact of Brandon's death on our lives.

We called. And got a snotty lady who put us through to voicemail.

Then we were told the man was not going to call back and take statements. Instead we should send emails to him. We were also to send emails to the prosecuting attorney so he would know the man had gotten emails.

Now we are told the man wants us to mail him letters with our statements.

He is, for some reason, making it very difficult for people to be heard about justice being served and the man who killed Brandon doing as much time as possible.

Meanwhile, my brother, my sister-in-law and my two nephews, Brandon's brothers, grieve his loss with no sign of any justice in sight.

Brandon really doesn't deserve this.



13 comments:

  1. That is terrible. Have you tried writing an editorial about the injustice to see if that would grease the wheels of justice?

    He looks like such a wonderful lad.

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    1. I suppose I could write an editorial for the SL Post Dispatch where he lived. I'll consider that. Thanks Judie.

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  2. That is horrible. I am, quite frankly, appalled. My belated condolences on the senseless loss of your nephew.

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    1. Thank you. I'm hurt. My brother and his wife are devastated.

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  3. I can't believe that the Missouri laws are only charging him with DUI. That sucks big time and ought to be changed.

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    1. We are told that laws in Missouri are that way because of the huge presence of Anheiser Busch. It's sad if that's true because AB does many amazing things for SL not the least of which is major support for a big, awesome zoo that is free for all to attend.

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  4. Go higher up. No, not a god, the guy's boss or supervisor. And contact the judge directly. Do it a lot. And have EVERYONE do it. Phone calls, e-mails, snail mail letters, and visit the courthouse in person. DEMAND that your statements be made available and become public record. Get the investigating officer, and THAT supervisor involved as well. And if you hear another "snotty" person on the phone, ask to speak with her or his supervisor. Just keep being the squeaky wheel. The more noise you make the more Brandon's story gets out there. Hell, contact the media if necessary.

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    1. At this point I am following the lead of my s-i-l as she is the most effected by this. If I thought we would not eventually be heard, I might do more but it seems as if the prosecuting attorney is determined people be heard. The 'sentencing investigator' is just making it very difficult for some reason no one understands.

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  6. If you are being asked to mail your statements, I would suggest registered mail, return receipt requested to be sure that your statements are not "lost" in the mail.

    I may be way off base, but is the sentencing investigator in any way connected to the drunk driver? I really cannot understand why someone would be obstructive to receiving input from affected family and friends.

    I am truly sorry for your family's loss. I hope that your voices will be heard and that you may find peace in the days to come.

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  7. I wondered the same thing about him being somehow connected to the drunk driver. Surely the prosecuting attorney would have asked that, though.

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