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Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in prison

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  1. chillinwill
    A teenager charged for providing hallucinogenic mushrooms to a Kevil teenager will spend two and a half years in prison.

    Taylor Thompson received that sentence in a McCracken County court Wednesday.

    According to police, Thompson gave Caleb Barnett those mushrooms before Barnett broke into a home last July.

    Investigators say Barnett believed he was in his own home. The homeowner shot and killed him.

    February 3, 2010
    KFVS
    http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=11928379

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  1. blink1989
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    Precisly why guns should be banned, not Mushrooms.

    I think 'legal' guns hurt a hell of a lot more people than mushrooms.
  2. pinksox
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    SWIM would guess that uninformed and/or irresponsible, uneducated drug use kills FAR more people per annum than domestic handguns.

    A tripsitter would have prevented this tragedy. Taking mind-altering, hallucinogens and then wandering about is dumb beyond belief. It's because of irresponsible users like this that these substances are(and will likely remain) illicit.

    Now a young man is dead. And, ultimately, it is himself one has to lay primary blame upon(unless, of course, he was drugged without knowledge or consent)...but, accordingly to US criminal law, the provider of said substances are just as culpable.

    The home owner had every right to defend his own life, his families, and his property in the manner he did. Unfortunately, because of someone's selfish and reckless behavior, chances are both he and his wife will be forever scarred by these events. SWIM doesn't know anyone that would feel good about a kid dying in these circumstances.

    The question that has been bugging SWIM about this however, is the fact that it seems--for the report/s(which may be inaccurate) that the police officer made a decision to NOT summon EMS but rather took the gunshot victim to the hospital himself.

    If he made this decision and that decision resulted in increased time of the young man receiving medical intervention, then the officer is culpable in the death as well. Police, not being medically trained, should always err on the side of caution and summon aid for an injury--especially a gunshot wound. SWIM has a feeling the LEO may was thought "its just an arm wound," and not gotten the boy appropriate care whilst he was actually bleeding out inside.

    If this were a friend, family member or associate of SWIM she would certainly be digging into that aspect until she had enough information to reach an informed conclusion. If the above turned out to be true, the cop would be equally culpable for failing to obtain proper emergency care. In the case of internal injury, time is certainly greatly of the essence. Not saying that is, in fact the case, but she'd want to know all the details for sure.
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    Decided to look at this a bit:
    The leading causes of death in 2000 ....inncidents involving firearms (29,000), Source:*Mokdad, Ali H., PhD, James S. Marks, MD, MPH, Donna F. Stroup, PhD, MSc, Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, "Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000," Journal of the American Medical Association, March 10, 2004, Vol. 291, No. 10, pp. 1238, 1241.
    ~16,500 suicides
    ~10,800 homicides
    ~776 unintentional deaths
    ~270 "legal intervention"
    ~ more then 100,000 non fatal injuries

    ALL Illicit drug use- direct and indirect 17,000





    Where this happened- population of 546 (last census presumably). Such Small towns usually do not have ambulance/paramedic standing by at all hours. They are usually volunteers- who must be contacted, get their stuff together, get to the station to get the ambulance/meet up with rest of crew... and it is quite likely the cop saved considerable time.
  4. Raoul duke420
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    Very sad story for all involved. Swim dosent think banning guns would solve anything though, this homeowner could just have easily killed the intruder with a knife. Too bad this dude wasnt already tripping in a safe setting, if so he might still be alive.
  5. Moving Pictures
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    Swim lives very near to where this incident happened. He doesn't know anyone that was involved but recalls the incident quite well. He was shocked that the young man got so much jail time. The deceased kid's parents even said they thought he should get probation. Apparently, the only persons besides the judge and prosecution that wasn't in favor of probation were the man who actually shot the kid and his family. Tragic indeed.
  6. Electric Wizard
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    First, how would they even know that, second, are they trying to say mushrooms caused him to be so high he somehow got into a house and thought it was his own? SWIM's had some legendary doses of mushrooms but has never been too messed up to forget which house is his.
  7. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Teen charged with providing hallucinogenic mushrooms - Will spend 2.5 years in pr

    Swiy's never eaten enough then, :crazy The turtles aardvark says he's been to that place where he didn't even know he was human, much less having a concept of "his" house.

    The turtle remembers some cases in the NW- mill towns owned by the companies where all the construction was identical. Happened quite a few times where an employee would go "home" on the weekend pissed drunk - to the wrong house. One of his friends had the experience of her "husband" coming home from the bar one such night quite randy, only to realize after a bit it was not her husband.
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