Mesa teen in MySpace killing gets 20 years:
I don’t know how I missed this one since it happened last month.
Anyway Hughstan Schlicker, the Mesa, Arizona teen who killed his father with a shotgun when his access to MySpace was cut off, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month. He was looking at 22 years on the charge of 2nd-degree murder.
Schlicker entered a guilty plea back in May.
H/Ts to David Lohr and Mr. A
Teen accepts plea in murder of father over MySpace:
I originally posted about Hughstan Schlicker here. He was the 15-year-old boy who killed his father last year in Mesa, Arizona because his father wouldn’t allow him access to MySpace.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty to second degree murder which should give him a sentence of 20-22 years. I’m curious to know why prosecutors didn’t pursue first degree murder charges.
So what if he’s only 16 now. He brutally and cowardly shotgunned his father to death all because he wasn’t allowed to go on MySpace. This kid deserves nothing less than a life sentence.
Police: Teen Killed Dad For Banning MySpace:
15-year-old Hughstan Schlicker of killed his dad over MySpace.
His dad had seen suicide threats that Schlicker had posted on MySpace then took away his internet access.
Schlicker was so addicted to MySpace that he shot and killed his father over it.
Schlicker had posted the threats in January; friends in Florida had seen the postings, talked him out of killing himself and called police. Police said they told Schlicker’s mother about the threats and that she said she wasn’t worried and would lock up any guns in the house.
Schlicker said he often spent entire days on MySpace and couldn’t cope when his father cut off his access to the site.
“It felt like I was stabbed with a knife and it went straight through and … no matter how hard I pulled, I couldn’t pull out the knife,” Schlicker said, according to an interview transcript in the police report.
After the shooting, Schlicker said, he called a female friend and told her he had killed his father and was about to kill himself. Schlicker said she talked him out of it and convinced him to call police instead, according to the report.
Should MySpace be blamed for this? Of course not. This kid obviously had deeper issues than just a MySpace addiction.
It’s a shame a father had to die for what he thought was best for his son.
Schlicker is being charged as an adult.