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  • ginufine3011 Feb 14, 9:58 a.m.

    13yrs. probation?? Thats a looog time, to try and stay out of trouble.

  • nckidd29 Feb 13, 10:26 a.m.

    May he go on an have a productive life and stay away from trouble and crime.

    charmcclainlovesdogs2
    Oh he will have a productive life,,As far as getting paid goes,,Mr Barber will see to that ! He won't be able to get a job, because of his record (manslaughter)..

  • Damien Thorne Feb 13, 8:43 a.m.

    I watched the video on his release this morning, it is a shame that he is being used like he is by Barber. Kept grabbing hi arm and pulling him from one place to another. Sorry person he is.

  • chrisnrali Feb 12, 7:24 p.m.

    lwe1967, how exactly do you know he was only charged because of his race? because the VICTIM was white? that's a little racist in itself isn't it?

  • lwe1967 Feb 12, 6:44 p.m.

    He just should have been released and pardoned. He was only charged because of race, I am sorry to say.

  • RaisinCake Feb 12, 6:36 p.m.

    Now that is just jacked up! How are you gonna 1st rule that it was self-defense, then come back around a few months later and change your mind??!! That in itself is an outrage!!! I DO support the release! He should have NEVER been locked up to begin with. I TOTALLY agree with Tax Man!!!!

    And paultaylorsr100........the lot may not have been in the "race basket" as you call it, but it sure is funny how this man and his family were THE ONLY black folk in the neighborhood and all this happened.....just sayin is all. I call it like I see it ;)

  • Tax Man Feb 12, 5:46 p.m.

    That man needs a full unconditional pardon and to be paid for all the years wasted in prison. The man who was trespassing and had the weapon deserved to die and was the aggressor. This man lost all those years of his life and his wife died while trying to get him freed. The state owes him big time. Pardon him and give him the full payment for a man wrongfully incarcerated. The DA who prosecuted him needs to be brought up on charges, disbarred and put in prison for at least the same number of years as this innocent man. We all have the God given right, supported by the 2nd Amendment to defend our family and property by lethal force if necessary - here it was clearly necessary and the perpetrator criminal is Brian Epp had to be killed under the circumstances he created. God Bless this family and please make this man whole!

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 12, 5:17 p.m.

    So, the judge, the jury, the district attorney, and the defense attorney were all in the "race basket"? Hmmmmm, hard to believe.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 12, 5:15 p.m.

    "No one in ZimZim's family . . . !! I guess that gun rights stuff is only . . . . .? Put your racism to the side for a moment . . . . . "

    A lot of hate and bias in your comment. CALM DOWN AND SOMEONE WILL LISTEN!!!!

  • RM24 Feb 12, 4:11 p.m.

    methinks: I can answer one of those questions. CCP is irrelevant, you can have a gun in a car without one! And can have one simply because he wanted one

  • bill0 Feb 12, 4:07 p.m.

    "there are a lot of unanswered questions in this."

    The police were about 3 minutes out when he arrived. The 911 operator told him that and told him to wait in the car.

    There was nobody threatening a young boy at that point. The teen was in the house and the contractor was in the neighbors drive.

    Apparently they started yelling at each other immediately and it was all over in a couple seconds. Epps advanced and was shot in the face from only a couple feet away. There doesn't appear to have been any time to retreat once the confrontation started.

    Those are the 2 big issues. The initial confrontation between the teen and epps was over well before the dad arrived. He got out of the car with the stated intention of whipping Epp's expletive. He knew the police would be there in just a couple minutes, but he was mad and didn't wanted to give the guy a piece of his mind.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 3:54 p.m.

    Zimmermans actions vary on whether your listening to eyewitnesses or the NAACP. Let not forget facts as we talk about it. Just because you can see justice because of race doesn't mean it's right! If the races were reversed you would probably be screaming to free Travon reguardless of guilt - RM24

    Wrong! If someone unlawfully shoots and kills another person, I'm not gonna be screaming free such and such, because they are the same race as me, or for that matter any race. Now if it was a family member that committed a serious crime, then it's only natural to fight for your love ones freedom.

  • methinks Feb 12, 3:48 p.m.

    there are a lot of unanswered questions in this. Where were the police if he called "on the way home"? Police should have been there in minutes if they were called to a grown man threatening a young boy with a knife/box cutter. Why did he have a gun in his car, did he have a CCW permit? Did the Epps charge first or did McNeil shoot the ground first? Could Epps have felt threatened due to having a gun brandished about or being shot at? How far apart were the two? Was there enough time for McNeil to safely leave and go into his home to wait for police?

  • whosonfirst Feb 12, 3:45 p.m.

    RM24 - You are so right!!!

  • Dr.Whew... Feb 12, 3:44 p.m.

    It's the who what...... WHAT ???????

  • RM24 Feb 12, 3:44 p.m.

    Until everyone, everyone involved on both sides stop using race to penalize, and stop using race as the reason to let someone free from jail then it will never change. Either he is guilty or not. Reguardless of race he is either guilty or innocent. And until every case is looked at that way (FROM BOTH SIDES) it is not going to change. No man deserves and punishment or entitlements based on RACE!

  • North Carolina Cutie Feb 12, 3:44 p.m.

    The world will always be black and white sad how race plays a part thinking because of the tone of skin you are better are not good enough. I'm glad I know who rules the world.

  • Dr.Whew... Feb 12, 3:41 p.m.

    Hey this guy lucked up right or wrong, most people that are convicted don’t get a second chance at a plea deal. Did the D.A offer this deal way back when? Most likely they did, was this man guilty of 1st degree murder I doubt it, man manslaughter, maybe? I bet his lawyer said TAKE THE DEAL. Seven is better than thirty.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 3:34 p.m.

    You can always tell who has racism in their blood, by their comments on here.^^^ If it wasn't for the NAACP (not NAACLP), the black community will be worse off, in this injustice world. The white, blue, hispanics, ect is not speaking on our behalf, so I'm glad someone is stepping up to the plate, bringing injustice to the light. Why does so many people wants to silence us, when we speak on inequality?! There is more than 1 person, running in this "race"...lol...(pun intended)

  • RM24 Feb 12, 3:30 p.m.

    George Zimmerman's actions before the physical confrontation took place made him a MURDERER... he stalked and harass an innocent young man that was tending to his business. McNeil was protecting himself and family, on his own personal property. 2 different situations.
    ginufine3011

    Zimmermans actions vary on whether your listening to eyewitnesses or the NAACP. Let not forget facts as we talk about it. Just because you can see justice because of race doesn't mean it's right! If the races were reversed you would probably be screaming to free Travon reguardless of guilt

  • Scubagirl Feb 12, 3:23 p.m.

    I soooooooo wish they would quit giving Barber press time!!! He only stands for stirring the pot, NOT helping anyone.

  • sinenomine Feb 12, 3:17 p.m.

    McNeil pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter. The legal meaning of a guilty plea is that he admitted doing every element of the crime. Between the time he has already served and whatever time may have been suspended today on probation he walked out of court. He is not a "free" man if he's on probation; he still has a sentence hanging over him if he doesn't comply with the terms of his release.

    Case closed. The only "evidence" of racism I see in the story is Barber's accusation; what else is new?

  • lost in translation Feb 12, 3:13 p.m.

    I hope the Rev. Barber feels the same way about the right to protect one self in the Travon Martin case.

  • Just In Time Feb 12, 3:09 p.m.

    Linspace your comment on racism and the race card is a clear indicator that you have been (and are) a grossly mis lead underachiever ALL your miserable life!!!!!

  • Scubagirl Feb 12, 3:00 p.m.

    leave it to Barber to get his mug on the news again! He needs to do something CONSTRUCTIVE

  • tres1p Feb 12, 2:56 p.m.

    why mention that the man killed was white????

  • Its the who what Feb 12, 2:53 p.m.

    It is so funny how all the gun rights people are hiding out on this one and the Zimmerman fans are out in full force. This is a TEXTBOOK example of what ANY gun rights supporter would do in this case....or AT LEAST TALK ABOUT IT. YOu have to remember, most gun carriers are punks who got their lunch money taken when they were kids. They go get a gun and now they are big, bad cowboys who will murder anyone that comes on his property. This man has a gun and protects his son from harm and you talk about ZIMMERMAN????? Zimmyboy was NOT on his property and was looking for trouble. No one in ZimZim's family was in harms way. I am glad he is free but he still lost several years of his life!! I guess that gun rights stuff is only for SOME law abiding citizens huh? Put your racism to the side for a moment and speak up gun rights people!!!

  • tres1p Feb 12, 2:49 p.m.

    paladin2- HE WASN'T GIVEN MERCY..THAT WOULD HAVE CALLED FOR HIS EXONORATION not pleading to a lesser charge when he shouldn’t have been charged IN THE FIRST PLACE. Mercy??? This man wife died while he was wrongfully convicted, his children lost time with him..And you really feel that was mercy??????

  • sunshine1040 Feb 12, 2:49 p.m.

    So sad that he had spent all this time in jail while his wife loosing a fight with cancer. Even with mammograms self exams and yearly check ups it does not seem like we are getting very far in the fight against breast cancer or a court system that cannot treat all men and women equally

  • free2bme Feb 12, 2:43 p.m.

    This is bitter sweet. So sad that his wife died before seeing him free. I pray that he adjust to life after prison to care for his sons. It does not seem like anybody really won in this situation.

  • LEX Feb 12, 2:38 p.m.

    I am so happy for him, but it is bittersweet. All the pursuing of justice his wife did paid off. Even though she is no longer walking among us, she got VICTORY! This is the only way I can accept this tragedy without tearing up.

  • Terkel Feb 12, 2:35 p.m.

    And look who's shoved his scowling face in between the camera and the newly freed man...

  • debnamdavis Feb 12, 2:33 p.m.

    They should have let him out before she past away. Glad her wishes came true just a few days too late for her to see her work paid off and she would have been able to hug her husband before she left this earth.

  • lisaclark2 Feb 12, 2:32 p.m.

    It's amazing how Barber can be everywhere and do everyting except run his own neighborhoods within his own backyard...

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 12, 2:30 p.m.

    I didn't have an issue with the entire article until the last paragraph and the "race baiter" starts talking.

  • killing_me_softly Feb 12, 2:19 p.m.

    "The McNeils were the only black residents living in an upscale suburban Atlanta neighborhood in 2005 when he shot and killed a white man on his property." - WRAL

    This is why racism is still a part of our society...why is The McNeils were the only BLACK residents living in an upscale suburban Atlanta neighborhood " important?

    ginufine3011, you said a mouthful. WRAL ought to be ashamed of themselves as they are contributors to racism if they choose to even speak about it in a story, especially in this manner. I could care less what color the people were that were involved or what color the residents of that neighborhood are.

  • husk8corn Feb 12, 2:16 p.m.

    Where was the gun? Did he have time to get it from the house? Or was it in his car?

  • Paladin2 Feb 12, 2:14 p.m.

    ginufine3011, there is no precedent here for opening up the prison gates. He was basically given mercy to reduce to a lesser charge for time served.

  • mrr03 Feb 12, 2:06 p.m.

    I think if a person come to your house and threatened to cut you or anyone in your family..it is GLOCK time..lock and loaded.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 12, 2:03 p.m.

    "If I confront a possible prowler in my neighborhood, and he attacks me, bashes my head in the ground, and tries to kill me, and I shoot him dead, I am a murderer." - aetius476


    If that "possible prowler" was really just an innocent person that was profiled, stalked, chased, then confronted by an armed gunman, a DA might conclude he was "standing his ground" under Florida statutes. We shall see...


    "So, if I shoot dead an irate contractor who is in my front yard threatening me (but has not yet done me violence), I am a hero." - aetius476


    I wouldn't say a person defending themselves is a hero, but if someone is threatening you on your own property and advancing on you while reaching for something in their pocket, and continues to come after you even after a warning shot, I don't think you should wait until violence is actually done on you before defending yourself.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 1:57 p.m.

    So, if I shoot dead an irate contractor who is in my front yard threatening me (but has not yet done me violence), I am a hero.

    If I confront a possible prowler in my neighborhood, and he attacks me, bashes my head in the ground, and tries to kill me, and I shoot him dead, I am a murderer.

    Sounds fair to me......aetius476

    George Zimmerman's actions before the physical confrontation took place made him a MURDERER... he stalked and harass an innocent young man that was tending to his business. McNeil was protecting himself and family, on his own personal property. 2 different situations.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 1:46 p.m.

    Amen @charmcclainlovesdogs2...There has to be hundreds of very similar cases, just like this one, where shooting was involved to protect their family. The Defense Attorney's that had similar cases to this needs to see if they can get them released from prison also.

  • Paladin2 Feb 12, 1:45 p.m.

    McNeil was charged and had his day in court - and found guilty. Evidence was presented to support a guilty verdict by the jury.
    That is a DA's job. Involuntary Manslaughter was probably the charge that should have been brought originally. There was obviously some bad blood to start with on both sides.

  • abylelab -BT- Feb 12, 1:39 p.m.

    can he at least appeal the voluntary manslaughter conviction?

  • aetius476 Feb 12, 1:29 p.m.

    So, if I shoot dead an irate contractor who is in my front yard threatening me (but has not yet done me violence), I am a hero.

    If I confront a possible prowler in my neighborhood, and he attacks me, bashes my head in the ground, and tries to kill me, and I shoot him dead, I am a murderer.

    Sounds fair to me......

  • whyalltheproblems Feb 12, 1:25 p.m.

    very well said, urbizn, but how heartbreaking that his wife Just died :(.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 12, 1:23 p.m.

    (And the same should happen in FL for Zimmerman)

    No way. He is a stalker and a murderer. Zimmerman should at least get 30 years for the murder.

  • HisLoVe Feb 12, 1:21 p.m.

    yay!!! Justice is served. So sorry that his wife could not see this!!

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 1:20 p.m.

    "The McNeils were the only black residents living in an upscale suburban Atlanta neighborhood in 2005 when he shot and killed a white man on his property." - WRAL

    This is why racism is still a part of our society...why is The McNeils were the only BLACK residents living in an upscale suburban Atlanta neighborhood " important?

  • ladytdd Feb 12, 1:19 p.m.

    What a bitter sweet day. He's set free a week after his strongest supporter, best friend, his wife passes away.

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