Brandon McInerney sentenced to 21 years for 2008 Ventura murder of LGBT classmate Larry King
It still seems inconceivable that Brandon McInerney, then 14, pulled a gun out of his backpack in the middle of class in 2008 and shot fellow student Larry King twice in the head.
King was just 15, openly gay, and McInerney was apparently enraged over his classmate’s aggressive flirtation.
For that horrific act, it has just been announced that McInerney has agreed to serve 21 years in prison. The plea agreement was reached after his first trial ended with jurors split between convicting him of voluntary manslaughter and first-degree murder.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network [GLSEN] has released a statement on the sentence: “The plea deal announced today ends a tragic chapter in Ventura County. Holding Brandon McInerney accountable for his actions is necessary and right, but putting him behind bars does not solve the problems that led a boy to become a bully, and then a murderer.
“Homophobia and transphobia, compounded by the lack of counseling and other supports for struggling young people, resulted in Larry King’s death and the effective end of Brandon McInerney’s life.”
“As adults and as a society, we must find the resolve to fix the broken systems that lost two young lives to hate and fear. The end to this painful chapter must now serve as a new beginning.”