Slain Little Falls teen linked to earlier break-ins

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 11:14 PM

Court records tie Little Falls teen to 2 other burglaries at home of man charged in his death.

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mnmaggiemnFeb. 6, 13 2:14 PM

..."also took rolls of copper wire and a gas siphoning kid..." ... What was the kid syphoning?

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mnmaggiemnFeb. 6, 13 2:16 PM

Theres only so many times somenone can be victimized before they snap. I do not know how I feel about this whole thing and do feel as though Mr. Smith should not get off scott free.

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TobsterFeb. 6, 13 2:16 PM

I don't believe this guy should be convicted of anything. Your home is your home. Armed or not, anyone who breaks in is risking their life. The teens obviously tormented this guy and he basically snapped like most people would. The whole thing is too bad, but convicting this guy is not going to turn back the hands of time and make the dead teens act more responsibly instead of repeatedly violating his and other homes.

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commonsens4uFeb. 6, 13 2:17 PM

If you've ever been robbed, you know the feelings of fear, frustration and being violated that come with it. Any creak or noise at night shoots you straight up in your bed. I can only imagine what this man was feeling after these kids repeatedly tormented him. Though he probably should have handled it differently, it's hard to fault the homeowner and even harder to feel sympathy for the victims.

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localokelFeb. 6, 13 2:22 PM

Very attractive looking youth (and an obvious tragedy) but an inconvenient truth, they drove this man totally bonkers. 'Didn't know these sort of break ins were equal gender opportunity now.

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kevrennikFeb. 6, 13 2:22 PM

How ignorant are the parents of these kids! One unemployed kid buying another unemployed kid a new ATV? Who doesn't question that?

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jpyandrasitsFeb. 6, 13 2:24 PM

Burglary and robbery are not the same offense. Please correct your headline.

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loop80Feb. 6, 13 2:28 PM

I wouldn't have killed the kids. I favor forms of gun violence control. I haven't owned a gun for over 30 years and have no plans of getting one. But, if you break into someone's house, you lose any human or civil rights. If you rob someone, you have no right to expect to get out of there alive and well. Period. The fact that people will rob others is MUCH more troubling than a man who defends himself in his home. Society has no right to require him to verify that his attackers/robber are armed and/or mean him harm or just plan to rob him. He has no reason to think that those two weren't armed and dangerous. This is a tragic situation. Horrible for mere children to die. But this tragic situation was put in motion by the kids. Parents and friends of these kids, I'm sorry for tragic loss. But

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FrankLFeb. 6, 13 2:46 PM

So shouldn't the police be named as accessories since they did nothing to solve the previous robberies.

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careydisFeb. 6, 13 2:48 PM

Did this man have the right to shoot (and perhaps kill) these burglars in his home? Yes. Did he go too far with that? Yeah, I think he did. Should he be charged for that? Yes, he probably should. Should all factors be weighed and considered carefully in such a situation? Definiely. Should this terrible, unfortunate circumstance be used to undermine the citizen's right to protect their life and property in their own homes? Absolutely not.

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