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California boy, now 12, convicted of neo-Nazi dadís murder
Reuters ^ | 01/14/2013 | Dana Feldman

Posted on 01/14/2013 1:18:34 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

A California boy, now 12, was convicted of second-degree murder today for shooting dead his neo-Nazi father, following a juvenile trial that centered on abuse allegations and the young defendant’s grasp of right and wrong.

The verdict by Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard means that Joseph Hall, who shot his father to death in May 2011, could be sentenced to a juvenile facility until he is 23.

Hall’s attorneys had conceded during the trial that Hall, who was then 10 years old, shot his father at point-blank range while the older man was sleeping, but argued that the boy should not be held criminally responsible.

The case in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, has made headlines because of Jeffrey Hall’s neo-Nazi associations and the rarity of a parent being killed by a child so young.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: neonazi; whitesupremacist
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RIVERSIDE - An abused Riverside boy who fatally shot his neo-Nazi father while the man was sleeping was convicted today of second-degree murder.

Joseph Hall, 12, put a bullet through the head of 32-year-old Jeff Russell Hall in the predawn hours of May 1, 2011, in what Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard said was a planned attack sparked after the elder Hall threatened to break up his marriage and abandon his family.

"The minor knew what he did was wrong," said Leonard, who presided in the non-jury bench trial that concluded last week. "He put the barrel of a handgun to his father's head and pulled the trigger. There was planning and understanding in the commission of this crime."

Along with the murder count, Leonard found true sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. She scheduled a dispositional hearing in the case for Feb. 15.

The county Department of Probation was directed to draw up a pre- sentencing report listing options for Joseph's placement. The boy is expected to be incarcerated to age 23.

During his closing statement Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Mike Soccio described Joseph's state of mind prior to the crime, recalling the youth's statements to police that he laid awake thinking about killing his dad.

"He told investigators that he 'thought this thing between father and son had to end,"' Soccio said. "Is there anything unclear about that statement?"

Joseph was just shy of his 11th birthday when he took Jeff Hall's .357 revolver, crept to the downstairs sofa where the drunken man was sleeping and shot him.

Soccio characterized the deadly assault at the Lauder Court home as premeditated, saying the boy perpetrated it for the same reasons he'd perpetrated earlier violent acts to get what he wanted. In this case, his father out of the picture.

The prosecutor recounted how Joseph had choked a teacher, stabbed his younger sister and struck his uncle in the head with a club.

"He didn't like people who told him he couldn't do things," Soccio said. "There's strong evidence that he has the capacity to pick and choose when he wants to follow the rules."

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1 posted on 01/14/2013 1:18:39 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
“...on the night of the shooting, Joseph and his siblings overheard Jeff Hall [father] boast that he would “remove all the smoke alarms and burn down the house,” threatening to kill his entire family. The statement was made following an argument between the inebriated man and his wife, then-25-year-old Krista McCary, who openly despaired about what might happen if Hall divorced her, according to testimony.”

This kid grew up in what can only be described as a violently dysfunctional family. The father was always threatening.

I was 15-years old when my parents discussed divorce, and it terrified my sister and me. I can imagine what kind of terror a 10-year old boy would feel hearing his father discuss killing the entire family.

I don't know if this boy can be rehabilitated. He came from a family where violence was common, so of course he would behave as though violence is normal in social situations. But he sure deserves a chance after what he went through in childhood.

2 posted on 01/14/2013 1:43:52 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll
Joseph and his siblings overheard Jeff Hall [father] boast that he would “remove all the smoke alarms and burn down the house,”

Sounds like the kid saved their lives after a valid death threat.

3 posted on 01/14/2013 2:58:16 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: SatinDoll
I was 15-years old when my parents discussed divorce, and it terrified my sister and me. I can imagine what kind of terror a 10-year old boy would feel hearing his father discuss killing the entire family.

I don't know if this boy can be rehabilitated. He came from a family where violence was common, so of course he would behave as though violence is normal in social situations. But he sure deserves a chance after what he went through in childhood.

your attitude is commendable except maybe you had better read what the Prosecutor has to say about this boy and his past miss deeds. (below)

Soccio characterized the deadly assault at the Lauder Court home as premeditated, saying the boy perpetrated it for the same reasons he'd perpetrated earlier violent acts to get what he wanted. In this case, his father out of the picture.

The prosecutor recounted how Joseph had choked a teacher, stabbed his younger sister and struck his uncle in the head with a club.

"He didn't like people who told him he couldn't do things," Soccio said. "There's strong evidence that he has the capacity to pick and choose when he wants to follow the rules."

Sounds to me as if the little b****d needs to be executed when he hits legal age.

4 posted on 01/14/2013 5:54:37 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

I went to the link and the read the article. There are details in there that somewhat clarifies the situation.

This boy was 10 years old when he killed his father. Like one of the other posters on this said, he may have saved his family from being murdered by the father.

Keep in mind that this kid was reared to be violent, because that seems to be the way the family lived and dealt with one another. For him it may seem normal. What you are not being told is how he was treated by other family members including his uncle and younger sister.

There is nothing commendable about my attitude. Executing a kid who killed a father who threatened to kill an entire family seems like self defense, not murder. But it isn’t my call.

Note: my mother was an alchoholic who tried to kill me twice when I was a teenager. When mom was dying she admitted that I had been no trouble to her when I was growing up, she admitted to having been abusive and asked forgiveness. I forgave her, period.

Give the kid a chance. He has lived through Hell.


5 posted on 01/14/2013 6:36:13 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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I too hope he can be rehabilitated.

Tough when he’s gotten that kind of start.


6 posted on 01/15/2013 1:19:55 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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