Killer of Sean William Kennedy in SC Could Be Out Next Month

Those of you who have been reading the site for a while will remember our coverage of the murder of Sean William Kennedy outside a Greenville, South Carolina bar in 2007. He was punched to the ground by Andrew Moller in the parking lot while Moller used anti-gay slurs. Kennedy never recovered from his injuries.

Kennedy2Upon his sentencing, Fox Carolina reported:

“Moller was originally charged with murder in the case. However, in November 2007 a Greenville County grand jury handed down an indictment for a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter against Moller. Moller appeared in a Greenville County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon where he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge. Judge Ned Miller sentenced Moller to five years in prison, but suspended his sentence to three years with credit for the seven months in prison he has already served. The judge also ordered Moller to attend both anger management and drug/alcohol management classes. Moller must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.”

Now, Elke Kennedy, Sean’s mother, who has been a vocal advocate against anti-LGBT violence since his death, reports that Moller is being considered for a parole hearing, and could be eligible for parole as early as next month.

Elke is asking the public to consider writing a letter to the parole board demanding Moller be forced to serve the remainder of his short sentence, and has provided information at Sean’s Last Wish as to where and how the letter should be sent.

Help, stop early parole! [sean’s last wish]

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  1. Sebastian says

    And this sick, twisted “sentencing,” or a slap on the hand for murder in this case is why the most important thing facing the glbt communities around this country is a national hate crimes law to stop this from happening. As long as its left up to local prosecutors and juries, this lack of justice will continue. Disgusting.

  2. John in CA says

    Still wonder why we need hate crimes as a federal offence? Because some of the states, South Carolina being an obvious example, aren’t “handling it on their own” very well.

    We’ve waited since the first bill was introduced after Matthew Shepard’s death in 1998. How much longer do we have to wait for some justice… Nancy? Harry? Barack?

    Let me guess. It’ll all happen after the incredible, magical 2010 mid-term elections. Sigh.

  3. EM says

    Look at the world of difference between those two pictures. The gay guy is like a ray of light, you can almost feel the happiness and love of live leaping from the picture while misery fucking guts on the right looks as if he’s been carved from a block of ice. I see the good folks of South Carolina deem him important enough to be set free early. I am sure when he knocks over someone’s 5 year old child on their way to school or points a gun at a married father-of-six community uproar will break loose.

  4. Dante says


    You’re right. Moller is, in all likelihood, a miserable, self-loathing closet-case who finds his own homosexuality terrifying, so he lashes out at others with tragic consequences.

  5. zenka says

    No. No, I don’t buy he’s a closet case. I’m tired to death not only that so many murders are blamed on the victim being gay, but on the murderer being a closet gay. No.
    He murdered Sean Kennedy because he’s a small minded hateful violent murderer.

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