NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

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NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby jdege on Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:54 pm

https://nj1015.com/nj-gave-texas-church-gunman-plea-deal-that-wiped-out-gun-felony/
NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out gun felony
ELIZABETH — The gunman who killed two congregants at a Texas church last month had been charged years earlier with a felony gun offense in New Jersey, where prosecutors later downgraded the crime to a low-level misdemeanor that had nothing to do with firearms.

Since the Dec. 29 shootout at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, much has come out about Keith Thomas Kinnunen's criminal record, which seems to follow a pattern: He would get charged with serious, sometimes violent crimes, which later were pleaded down to less-consequential offenses.

While plea deals are common in the criminal justice system in New Jersey and elsewhere, this case raises questions about the effectiveness of laws meant to bar certain people from buying or possessing guns.

Despite Kinnunen's history of mental illness — including a 2012 judge's order declaring him unfit to stand trial — it does not appear his plea deals were enough to trigger legal provisions limiting gun ownership, which would apply in cases involving domestic violence and felonies.


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Re: NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby Ghost on Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:55 pm

Seems like a common theme.
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Re: NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby crbutler on Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:55 pm

If he was adjudicated as unfit to stand trial, he was adjudicated as mentally ill.

Therefore he should not have been able to own a gun.

The question is, did NJ put this info into the NICS background system (I doubt it...)

Enforce the laws we already have before inventing new ones...
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Re: NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:32 pm

Ghost wrote:Seems like a common theme.

Broken record more like it.
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Re: NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby LarryFlew on Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:28 pm

Certainly calls for more laws to cover that, wait they already do.
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Re: NJ gave Texas church gunman plea deal that wiped out felony

Postby Bearcatrp on Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:23 pm

Hope the families sue the state of NJ for not doing their friggin job!
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