Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Sean William Kennedy’s Killer Released Early by South Carolina

Sean Kennedy poleGreenville, SC – Sean William Kennedy’s killer, Stephen Moller, has been released early from prison, even after a reduced sentence that scandalized the nation.  Moller, sentenced in June 2008 to 3 years for Kennedy’s murder, was given every break in the book.  A massive letter writing campaign scotched the first attempt to parole Moller early.  Hundreds of letters flooded the SC Department of Corrections to stop any early release, and it appeared that the state relented.  Such was not the case, as Moller’s early release this week demonstrates.  He served less than a year for the murder of 20-year-old Sean (pictured to the left).  Kennedy’s mother, Elke Kennedy, issued this statement through a bulletin from the Human Rights Campaign: “This adds insult to injury.  To release a man just one-year after his sentencing in this heinous crime and to inform the victim’s mother through an automated recording is despicable,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.  “Sean Kennedy was violently attacked for no other reason than his sexual orientation.  This is a text book case of why we need to pass federal legislation that would bring stiffer penalties and provide local authorities with the full resources of the U.S. Justice Department to address vicious hate crimes.” On the night of May 16/17, 2007, Moller attacked Kennedy outside Brew’s Pub, a popular Greenville bar.  According to reports, Moller accompanied the assault with anti-gay epithets.  He later bragged about bashing “that fagot [sp.],” and suggested that he owed Moller $500 for hurting his hand when he struck Kennedy in the face.  The blow hit with such force that Kennedy fell back and sustained brain injury from the combination of the punch and the fall.  South Carolina still has no anti-LGBT hate crimes legislation on the books, and this outrageous miscarriage of the law is one more strong reason for the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act now before the U.S. Senate.  For more information, go to www.seanslastwish.org.

July 4, 2009 - Posted by | anti-LGBT hate crime murder, Beatings and battery, Bludgeoning, gay men, harassment, Hate Crimes, Heterosexism and homophobia, Law and Order, Perpetrators of Hate Crime, Slurs and epithets, South Carolina | , , , , , , ,

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