In Plea Deal, Brandon McInerney Agrees to 21-Year Prison Term for Lawrence King's Murder


Brandon McInerney, whose first trial for the 2008 murder of his gay classmate Larry King ended in a mistrial, has agreed to a plea deal in which he will spend the next 21 years in prison. McInerney pleaded guilty to second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter with use of weapon.

The L.A. Times reports:

KingBrandon McInerney, who was 14 when he pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot Larry King twice in the head in 2008, has already served nearly four years in jail and would be released by the time he is 38, under terms of the deal.

"Larry had a complicated life, but he did not deserve to be murdered," the youth's father, Larry King, said after a court hearing Monday afternoon.

McInerney’s first trial ended with jurors split between convicting him of voluntary manslaughter and first-degree murder. Several of the jurors have since spoken in favor of a plea bargain, in order to avoid a second trial.

The Ventura County Star adds:

The sentencing was set for Dec. 19. The judge stayed sentencing on the second degree murder trial, meaning the 21-year sentence was for the voluntary manslaughter charge only. He does not get credit for the time he already has served, and he will not get time off for good behavior.

McInerney was set to be tried again as an adult, and prosecutors had already dropped a hate crime charge.

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  1. there's no winner here.

    Posted by: m.safra | Nov 22, 2011 12:14:34 AM

  2. He should have been tried as a minor and gotten harsh sentence as a minor because he was a minor.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 22, 2011 12:28:40 AM

  3. 21 is the best that could be expected from a society that coddles straights who kill gays.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Nov 22, 2011 2:18:12 AM

  4. I'm okay with him getting 21 years. As long as he only lives another 20.

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  6. Under California law, McInery will be eligible for parole in a little over 10 years; it used to be an automatic release (on half-time), but as a result of the Polly Klaas case, where Richard Allan Davis had only been out of prison a few weeks before abducting and killing Klaas, for certain crimes, there is no guarantee of half-time. He will become eligible for parole in 2017 (he gets credit for the time he's already servied). If he is not paroled in 2017, he will be eligible for parole every year after that... but will max out at his 3/4 mark, in 2022.

    Posted by: Eric Payne | Nov 22, 2011 8:57:36 AM

  7. Hey will be filled with even MORE hate when he gets out. He will be a hero and be protected in prison from the rapist by other white supremacists. They will take him under their wing and mold him into something worse than he is now. He will come out tattooed and ready to reek havok. If he is put in prison....he needs to STAY there. Sad to see a young life ruined so young....but some things in life are actually this tragic.

    Posted by: Stephen Q | Nov 22, 2011 10:10:04 AM

  8. If the courts say "no parole" which they did, there will be no early release even if the regulatory guidance suggests so. They can only play around if its a misdemeanor. This also said "no time served".

    Posted by: Rin | Nov 22, 2011 10:15:36 AM

  9. Guys, Ron doesn't exist.

    Also, awesome to see so many reasonable comments!

    I am ok with 21 years, I would be ok with less if he understands what he did and makes amends. If i could distill my ultimate hope for this situation it is for Brandon to get over his hatred of gay people, and to find peace in his life in making amends for the murder he committed. I don't care if that happens in prison or outside , as long as it happens.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 22, 2011 10:53:34 AM

  10. Wow, was it me or was this the quietest thing that happened in this whole case? 21 years wow. Hopefully there will be some counseling or therapy, but knowing our prison systems he'll just come out more integrated with the race culture that is personified there.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 22, 2011 11:04:48 AM

  11. @Fenrox: Amen. After reading all the calls on JoeMyGod's blog calling for McInerey's execution, it is comforting to read the preponderance of reasonable comments here.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Nov 22, 2011 11:48:35 AM

  12. Looks like the defense collapsed, perhaps because of lack of money and took the deal. The prosecutors must be very pleased with themselves.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 22, 2011 11:50:10 AM

  13. They should have done this in the first place.

    Posted by: db | Nov 22, 2011 11:52:15 AM

  14. May he get a considerable amount of in in-depth psychological help while locked up. He was made into a monster. He was failed by society and his family and became a cancer. King is dead because society failed not only him, but also McInerney.

    may we, as a culture, learn more about the factors that made McInerney what he became so that we can work harder to prevent things like this from happening again.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 22, 2011 12:01:50 PM

  15. I am gonna step out here and say that those of you who are ok with him going to jail until he is 38 don't have kids.

    Posted by: Allen | Nov 23, 2011 2:53:26 PM

  16. Has anyone read about the taunting that Brandon endured from Larry? This is about Larry deliberately trying to humiliate Brandon on an almost daily basis and instead of trying to put a stop to it and help Brandon, they were too afraid to step on Larry's civil rights.... What is a 14 year old child to do when he has been raised around violence and those that should have gotten Larry under control and put an end to the (yes I am going to call it this) Abuse that Brandon was enduring did not do it because Larry was gay. This is one of those cases where it's the exact opposite of what usually happens. Larry was not the one who was being bullied by Brandon. Brandon was the one being bullied. He did what he had learned to do from his abusive father and drug addict mother. No one in that school helped him. This is nothing but a preventable tragedy for all concerned. Larry did not deserve to die but Brandon did not deserve to be humiliated day after day in front of his friends either.

    Posted by: Resyn | Nov 25, 2011 3:38:15 PM

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