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Parents of Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Decry Assailantís Actions as ĎEvilí But Forgive...
KTLA.com ^ | POSTED 11:04 AM, JUNE 3, 2019, UPDATED AT 11:09AM, JUNE 3, 2019 | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on 08/31/2019 2:38:33 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

FULL TITLE: Parents of Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Decry Assailant’s Actions as ‘Evil’ But Forgive Him During Sentencing

The parents of a 5-year-old Minnesota boy who survived being thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America decried the assailant’s actions as “evil” while saying they forgive him at a hearing Monday where a judge handed down a 19-year prison sentence.

Emmanuel Aranda showed little emotion during his hearing. When Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding asked whether Aranda wanted to say anything on his own behalf, the 24-year-old Minneapolis man responded with a simple, “No.” Reding then sentenced him to the term he agreed to when he pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack.

Aranda told investigators he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill.” According to the complaint, he had tried unsuccessfully to talk to women in the mall but their rejection “caused him to lash out and be aggressive.” He said had planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead.

The boy, identified in court only as Landen, plunged almost 40 feet (12 meters) and needed multiple surgeries for head trauma and broken bones. No update on his recovery was provided in court Monday, though his parents described it as miraculous.

“Your act was evil and selfish, you chose to listen to the worst parts of yourself that day,” the boy’s father said in a statement read by prosecutor Cheri Ann Townsend. “You chose evil over good and chose to take your hate and hurt out on my precious boy. That is where your impact on us stops, you will take nothing more from us.”

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Virtue-signal much?
1 posted on 08/31/2019 2:38:33 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Spineless bug people. This is why we’re losing.


2 posted on 08/31/2019 2:41:04 PM PDT by dljordan
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Glad to see 19 years in prison, though!

Unfortunately, he’ll come out a more vicious thug, and most likely a more virulent form of terrorist.

Hopefully Fate will intervene in the meantime...


3 posted on 08/31/2019 2:43:11 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.~Alfred Austin)
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It's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

KILL THE BASTARD ... and I'll confess later.

4 posted on 08/31/2019 2:43:36 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true..)
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Tosed from a 6-10 story building would have been better.


5 posted on 08/31/2019 2:44:12 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NEVER, NEVER FORGIVE a jihadi.....NEVER!


6 posted on 08/31/2019 2:44:28 PM PDT by House Atreides (Boycott the NFL 100% ¬ó PERMANENTLY)
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Never understood forgiveness, especially from people who have not acknowledged being wrong.

But I guess if you live in Minneapolis you need to drink the kool-aid, and if they kill your children, you don’t want to be viewed as being not-PC.


7 posted on 08/31/2019 2:45:13 PM PDT by qwerty1234
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19 years? That’s all? He’ll be out in 3-5 and he’ll hurt somebody again. He should have been beaten to death there at the Mall of America but it’s Minnesota so there’s that. . . .

Sounds like dad wears a pussy hat.

8 posted on 08/31/2019 2:46:14 PM PDT by atc23
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Forgiveness? God does that stuff. I am confident to say that 95% of Freeper parents are thinking of ways how to make this asshole pay if it happened to their kid..


9 posted on 08/31/2019 2:46:52 PM PDT by max americana (Fired ONE libtard at work at every election since 2008 because I enjoy it. I hope every lib die.)
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The parents of a 5-year-old Minnesota boy .... decried the assailant’s actions as “evil” while saying they forgive him

What does "to forgive" mean? I'm not sure I know exactly.

10 posted on 08/31/2019 2:48:29 PM PDT by PGR88
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I would never forgive him, and if I would still be alive, I would be waiting for him when he got released.


11 posted on 08/31/2019 2:52:03 PM PDT by Maceman (Trump Trumps Hate!!!)
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When the Somali Muslim threw the small white boy off the 3rd floor balcony : did he yell Allah Akbar?..

Aranda’s real name is Abdisaid Mohammed


12 posted on 08/31/2019 2:52:45 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To the parents: your forgiveness does not mean the person is NOT to be punished. For the safety and security of everyone else, the attacker must be jailed and punished to minimize future incidents.


13 posted on 08/31/2019 2:53:05 PM PDT by tbw2
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Predators on society should be executed to prevent further damage.


14 posted on 08/31/2019 2:59:18 PM PDT by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and Americans!)
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“It’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.
KILL THE BASTARD ... and I’ll confess later. “

We have Red Flag here in the Peoples Republic of Colorado.


15 posted on 08/31/2019 2:59:43 PM PDT by dljordan
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Imo the parents are neither spineless nor weak!

They refuse to become this vicious animal’s victims as well......carrying around bitterness which eats away at your soul

They acknowledged the guy’s evil selfishness and agree to his incarceration...

You have no idea what these parents have faced....are facing!!! throughout this ordeal with their little boy
The pain they are going through!

How can you possibly heap scorn on them ........they truly are trying to live a Christian walk.

Dear folks, I know you mean well and want to see revenge enacted.......but God knows and He truly avenges in His own time.


16 posted on 08/31/2019 3:00:18 PM PDT by Guenevere
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His gofundme went to a million bucks last time I looked. Mall should be on the hook under premises liability.

The whole thing makes me sick. His life ruined because of a nut job


17 posted on 08/31/2019 3:01:52 PM PDT by RummyChick ("Pills, money .. this city is wicked. Your best friend will kill you here." Smoove about Baltimore)
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I remember researchin’ red flag when President Trump mentioned it a week ago and it seems red flag is on the books .... just the state makes the decision.


18 posted on 08/31/2019 3:02:25 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true..)
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“Both parents, whose statements were full of references to their Christian faith, said they forgave Aranda because they believe God expects them to.”

Wow. Christians practicing Christianity. Hats off to them. It must be tough to walk the walk when your child has been thrown off a balcony.


19 posted on 08/31/2019 3:06:02 PM PDT by plain talk
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You should only forgive someone if he sincerely repents and asks for forgiveness. To do otherwise is to abet further evildoing.


20 posted on 08/31/2019 3:13:19 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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