Victims mother sues gun owner
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07-02-2012, 09:39 AM #1
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Victims mother sues gun owner
Victim’s mother sues gun owner in NH shooting
July 01, 2012|Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer
Gail Jones says she has forgiven the man who shot and killed her 23-year-old son during a botched robbery at a New Hampshire Army surplus store five years ago.
But she is hoping her son’s death, in which a stolen gun was used, will prompt gun owners to be more careful about locking up their firearms.
Jones is suing the grandfather of the man who killed her son and two other men, alleging that his failure to secure his gun properly enabled his grandson to steal it and use it in the shootings on July 2, 2007.
Michael Woodbury is serving a life sentence in the deaths of Gary Jones, of Halifax, Mass., William Jones, 25, of Walpole, Mass., and James Walker, 34, of Denmark, Maine. He admitted to killing the men.
Walker was the manager of the Army Barracks store, a military surplus and outdoor gear store in Conway, N.H. Gary Jones and William Jones were friends who happened to stop by on their way home from a camping trip in Maine. Woodbury said he killed the men when they tried to tackle him during the robbery.
Jones said she hopes her lawsuit will send a message to gun owners to make sure their guns are stored securely.
“That is where I’ve taken this, not out of retaliation because it’s not that,’’ she said. Instead, her hope is that “maybe something else can become of it, and in this instance, just maybe trying to stiffen up the gun laws in New Hampshire or putting some responsibility on a homeowner that owns guns.’’
Jones faces an uphill battle. A federal judge in New Hampshire dismissed the lawsuit last year after finding that Jones had not proven her claims that Woodbury’s grandfather, Lawrence Secord, was negligent.
Jones appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which heard arguments in the case June 5. The court is expected to rule within the next few months.
Woodbury, 31, of Windham, Maine, had been released from prison two months before the shootings after completing a five-year sentence on robbery charges. In the weeks leading up to the shootings, Woodbury went on a multi-state crime spree that included robbing a bank in Florence, S.C., holding up a clothing store in Chattanooga, Tenn., and breaking into a home in St. Simons Island, Ga., and then setting it on fire.
Authorities said he stole the .22-caliber handgun from his grandfather’s hunting camp in Wentworth Location, N.H., a family camp he had visited while growing up.
Jones claims in her lawsuit that Secord should have taken steps to secure his gun when he learned his grandson had returned to the area after being released from prison. She also says he failed to report the theft of the gun promptly.
07-02-2012, 09:50 AM #2
So, she's forgiven the scumbag that killed her son, but wants to sue the scumbags grandfather?
Does not compute.
07-02-2012, 09:55 AM #3
Just another land shark circling at the smell of money.
Most legitimate gun owners are not indigent penniless dirtbags.Well, it's rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they've got into canned food and shotguns.
--- Brainy gremlin from Gremlins II
07-02-2012, 09:56 AM #4
The Scumbag doesn't have any money, the grandfather might at least have insurance. it will help her with her grief.“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” - Albert Camus
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.. - Thomas Jefferson
Morons hate it when you call them a moron. - JD Salinger
07-02-2012, 09:58 AM #5
lawsuits like these don't happen without a money hungry attorney seeing $$$. The mother will see shit from any settlement.
07-02-2012, 10:00 AM #6
Sounds like she needs a cape and a mask, cause only a fictional superhero would think a PSA-style of a lawsuit does any good.
07-02-2012, 10:04 AM #7
Hey Guys, I think this is a DUPE, was posted at least a couple of weeks ago."Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"
07-02-2012, 10:10 AM #8
07-02-2012, 10:18 AM #9
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Tragedy either brings out the best in people or the worst in people. I don't think this is her best.
07-02-2012, 10:44 AM #10Jones claims in her lawsuit that Secord should have taken steps to secure his gun when he learned his grandson had returned to the area after being released from prison. She also says he failed to report the theft of the gun promptly.