A weak verdict

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Wow! When I heard the voluntary manslaughter verdict in the Zach Sheridan case (“Guilty Verdict Returned in Fatal Shooting Outside Original Hot Dog Shop,” April 7), I was appalled. How could this not be first-degree murder? Did the judge not see the same film of the shooting the rest of us saw? A young man shot in the back running away from an altercation. A man who didn’t get scared when confronted with a gun but got fighting mad instead. I always thought a warning shot got fired up in the air, not into a person’s back.

Maybe Judge Jeffrey Manning should step down from the bench and move to Florida. He’d fit right in with the guys who let a man go for killing a young black man walking through his neighborhood. I don’t recall the shooter’s name in that case, but then again I don’t think that people who make stupid decisions should be remembered. Judge who?

Bethel Park

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