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Sean Kennedy's Killer to be Released Early
Upsetting news from South Carolina.
On July 1st, Stephen Andrew Moller was released early from prison after serving a reduced sentence for the 2007 murder of openly gay Sean Kennedy. Moller was found guilty in the death of Kennedy, who he attacked while using anti-gay slurs. While 30 states and the DC have hate crimes laws, South Carolina lacks any hate crimes protections, including protections for the LGBT community.
Sean's mother Elke Kennedy - with whom we have worked very closely to help bring awareness and visibility to Sean's story and the vital need for LGBT-inclusive hate crimes protections - voiced her frustration with Moller's early release, saying:
"He should have served every single day of the already short sentence, instead he was released from prison today, one week early.
Where is the justice?"
After her son's death, Elke Kennedy established the foundation Sean's Last Wish to advocate for hate crimes legislation in South Carolina.
Sean's mother's full statement and information on her foundation Sean's Last Wish after the jump...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1st, 2009
Stephen Moller get’s released 1 week early
Greenville, SC – Elke Kennedy was informed via Phone today, July 1st 2009, that Stephen Andrew Moller has been released from prison. Mr. Moller was responsible for the murder of her son Sean Kennedy on May 16th 2007. He was indicted for only involuntary manslaughter and sentenced on June 11 2008 to a 5 year sentence suspended to three years, received credit for the 199 he served in county lock-up. He was supposed to stay in prison till September 7th 2009, however he received 2 month credit for good behavior by getting his GED while in prison.
He was eligable for early parole on December 28th 2008 already. In an early parole hearing on February 11 2009 he was denied parole and his release date was set to July 7th 2009.
Again the judicial system failed they say one thing and do something else. He should have served every single day of the already short sentence, instead he was released from prison today, one week early.
Where is the justice?