Teenager kills parents so they won’t consider him a disappointment.

That’s some, er, mighty fine thinking you got going there, Jacob:

Jacob Brighton said he shot his parents last month because he always felt like a disappointment to them because he didn’t have a job, smoked marijuana and didn’t share the same “qualities or interests” as his father, according to the recently released documents.

“So there’s nobody, now there’s nobody to be disappointed in me, try to make me lead … their life,” Brighton said.

Most amazing? He’s plead Not Guilty to the charge of first degree murder.

11 thoughts on “Teenager kills parents so they won’t consider him a disappointment.

  1. Well I suppose it worked…
    He must’ve felt quite strongly in order to risk jail time in exchange. I’d find another way myself – not by impressing my parents but by cutting their expectations. Being expected is to be restricted.

  2. Not guilty to first degree murder just means he’s saying that it wasn’t premeditated, which if he’s got a history of drug use and he’s clearly got a tenuous clutch to reality probably isn’t all that hard. Without looking at the evidence the prosecutors have, I’d say that they might even lose.

  3. Not guilty to first degree murder just means he’s saying that it wasn’t premeditated

    That’s not necessarily true, depending upon the state law.

    For example, here’s what makes for first degree murder in Illinois:
    (a) A person who kills an individual without lawful justification commits first degree murder if, in performing the acts which cause the death:

    (1) he either intends to kill or do great bodily harm to that individual or another, or knows that such acts will cause death to that individual or another; or

    (2) he knows that such acts create a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to that individual or another; or

    (3) he is attempting or committing a forcible felony other than second degree murder.

    (2) clearly means that premeditation is not necessary under IL law, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of states have similar definitions.  I particularly like (3): kill somebody in a car accident while making your getaway from a robbery?  Now you’re up for first degree murder.

  4. He’s not in Illinois though. He’s in Florida, as am I. Therefore I’m referencing Florida law:

    782.04 Murder.—

    (1)(a)  The unlawful killing of a human being:

    1.  When perpetrated from a premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or any human being;

    2.  When committed by a person engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any:

    a. Trafficking offense prohibited by s. 93.135(1), b.  Arson, c.  Sexual battery, d. Robbery, e.  Burglary, f.  Kidnapping, g.  Escape, h. Aggravated child abuse, i.  Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, j.  Aircraft piracy,k.  Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb,l.  Carjacking, m.  Home-invasion robbery, n.  Aggravated stalking, o.  Murder of another human being, p.  Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person, q.  Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism; or

    3.  Which resulted from the unlawful distribution of any substance controlled under s. 893.03(1), cocaine as described in s. 893.03(2)(a)4., or opium or any synthetic or natural salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user,

    is murder in the first degree and constitutes a capital felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082.

    (b) In all cases under this section, the procedure set forth in s. 921.141 shall be followed in order to determine sentence of death or life imprisonment.

    (2)  The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

    “Imminently dangerous” and of a “depraved mind” are second degree murder offenses in Florida. Premeditation is necessary under Florida law, or else the guy had to commit other crimes to push the statute into a higher murder bracket. Either the prosecutor has more on the kid than the papers do, the papers have a shitty concept of the statutes, or else the prosecutor’s hoping for a slam dunk without paying attention to the possibilities on appeal.

  5. Fair enough.  The prosecutors could be trying to use fear of the death penalty to get him to plead to second degree murder.  OTOH, he did shoot them, unless the gun was right there on the kitchen table, it’s not quite the same thing as losing your cool in a fight and causing a fatal head trauma.

  6. Maybe, but if the weapon were present in the home prior to the consideration of the criminal act…say that maybe it was his father’s… then it’s not much different than snapping and braining someone with frying pan that happens to be in the kitchen. The defense seems to be making an argument of abuse or endangerment, and if they can make that case then I think that there might even be a case for letting him walk even if he went out and borrowed the gun from elsewhere if they can show that he only did so under the fear of future instances of abuse.

    It’s an abused spouse defense of sorts, unless they’re going to go “look at this crazy fucking kid, he needs therapy not prison.” All I can say is that he better hope he’s white and squeaky clean-looking. The elderly conservatives that will no doubt be chosen as his “peers” will no doubt hang him otherwise.

  7. Well, the poor lamb is an orphan.

    Penny had a little lamb,
    little lamb, little lamb,
    penny had a little lamb,
    it’s crack was white as snow,

    It shot her in the head one day,
    head one day, head one day,
    it shot her in the head one day which was against the rules

    It made the children laugh and play,
    laugh and play, laugh and play,
    it made the children laugh and play,
    to see a great blood pool

  8. Put em down like he put his parents.
    Where is the justice nowadays?
    Kids think they can get away with murder,
    cause we let em.  This is a crock of (cough)
    Dis is not how the West was won.
    Damn pansy parents, I wish my kid would try
    that on me.  People are so dumb when it comes
    to their CHILDREN! they actually think they
    cab trust them(Haw!)Kids don’t need trust they
    need Control and Balance and people are starting
    to fail.  It’s a sad day when fathers also start
    becoming the victims of what they brought into the
    world and tried to raise right.  That means that the tota authority is GOING,GOING…..like the
    first line says Put em down, take control back
    before it is to late, restore balance.  What is the difference between the murderer of any culture(black, white, hispanic etc.)that kills some people or the child that kills his family(people)who were just being a family(not abusing him)?
    No difference he is a killer, a murderer not a
    child to be “Protected”! Stay tuned for more of
    this to happen.

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