BREAKING!!! BRYAN SHEPPARD WRONGLY CONVICTED OF 1988 KANSAS CITY FIREFIGHTER DEATHS WILL GO FREE!!!
The case prosecuting the tragic deaths of six Kansas City firefighters was always shaky . . . Today one of the worst parts of that media-fueled prosecution was addressed.
Checkit . . .
Fox4: Judge decides man convicted in 1988 explosion that killed 6 KC firefighters will go free
KMBC: Sentenced reduced for man convicted in 1988 Kansas City fire
KCUR: After Nearly 22 Years In Prison, Defendant In Firefighter Case Will Be Freed
"Bryan Sheppard, the man convicted in the deaths of six firefighters in one of the worst explosions ever to rock Kansas City learned on Friday that he will get out of prison. On Friday, the judge decided Sheppard should be resentenced to 'time-served'."
There might be reaction and rage over this one . . . But even a cursory look at the facts and EXCEPTIONAL REPORTING on this case should reveal that it's one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Kansas City history and actually disgraced the memory of brave first responders killed in the line of duty.
Favorite line in a monumental bit of story telling by J.J. Maloney . . .
All five of those convicted are almost certainly innocent of that crime. The five became expendable because of the lives they'd led: being petty thieves, drunks, drug addicts and no-accounts in general.
The firefighter case, in the end, became not so much a search for truth as a quest for closure. Over the years, the pressure for closure had grown intense.
The families of the dead firefighters ached for this dark chapter in their lives to come to an end, so they could go on with their lives. These families had the overwhelming sympathy of the people of Kansas City.
The firefighters of Kansas City needed to know that you couldn't just kill six firemen and get away with it.
Sadly, what happened in this case was a very real message that politics and public perception were more important than facts as the cowtown social pecking order was enforced by the prison industrial complex at the outset of an uptick of a great many people locked away unjustly.
Developing . . .