Wow this is a BRUTAL case.
A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Friday for beating his wife to death with a flashlight after he came home to find she had strangled their 4-year-old son with a ribbon and tried to kill their 7-year-old daughter.
Quick reading I was surprised he was sentenced for that long, but I read further.
“When I walked into the room, as soon as I saw my son, I knew something was very wrong,” Smeltzer told the court before he was sentenced, his voice breaking at times. “I knew he was dead. And I lost all control. Enraged, I struck my wife. I did something that was not going to bring my son back.”
Smeltzer was charged with second-degree murder in the November 2010 killing at their Auburn home. Prosecutors later downgraded that to manslaughter, saying he was provoked by the sight of the still bodies of their son, Mason, and daughter, Mercey.
He didn’t actually catch her in the act, but killed her in retaliation.
Those who use the metric of “Gun Death” frequently talk about justifiable homicide laws as “Shoot first, ask questions later” or “License to Murder”. Nope, even if he had used a gun he would still be facing the same charges, even in Gun-Friendly New Hampshire.
And let’s look at the weapons, ribbons, and a flashlight. How many of us have those items around our homes? How many of us have dead bodies in our homes?
Its the people, not the tool.
As for the People, I will say I sympathize with the Father, I don’t know if I could have acted differently in the same circumstances.