Action Item: Help Keep Sean Kennedy’s Murderer Behind Bars

Stephen Moller, sentenced June of last year to three years in prison for fatally punching 17-year old Sean William Kennedy (pictured) could be out as soon as next month thanks to South Carolina’s early parole system, meaning he would have served a total of eight months for the murder.

8 months.

In 2007, Moller saw Kennedy walking out of a bar and stepped out his car, called him a ‘faggot’ and punched him in the face, breaking it in the process. Kennedy fell to the asphalt and the injury separated his brain from his brain stem, killing him. Moller went home and left a voicemail on one of Sean’s friends cell phones saying “You tell your fagot friend when he wakes up he owes me $500 for my broken hand.”

Sean never woke up.

Sean’s mother is asking people to write in to the parole board to make sure what little justice was served to Moller is fully carried out.

The details of the effort are at Sean’s Last Wish, the foundation set up in Kennedy’s honor to help establish hate-crime legislation in South Carolina:

“Help, stop early parole!

Sean Kennedy’s family will never see justice done for Sean. Because of the inadequacy of South Carolina murder laws and the lack of hate crime statutes, his killer, Stephen Andrew Moller, could be out of prison as early as February. We must protest this injustice and ask the parole board to make Moller serve the remainder of his sentence.

Moller was plea bargained down to involuntary manslaughter and received a suspended 5 year sentence for his crime. Because of the credit he received for time he served before his sentencing, the longest possible time he will have to serve in prison is until September 2009. Despite the violence of his crime, he could be eligible for parole by this coming February, meaning that he will have served only 8 months since his sentencing in prison.

The parole board is currently conducting an investigation to decide whether to allow him to have a parole hearing, so it is critical that they hear from you that Stephen Andrew Moller violently murdered Sean Kennedy and should serve the remainder of his sentence!

Please consider writing a letter to the parole board and ask them to deny Stephen Moller parole and serve out his sentence. In your letter, please remind the board of the violent and unprovoked nature of Moller’s offense and the pain and suffering it has caused in the lives of Sean Kennedy’s family and friends. If you have the time, please write a personal letter by hand or by computer, as those will be the most effective, and if you knew Sean or his family personally, please include that information.

Also, please let Elke know if you send a letter and if possible, send her a copy of the letter, so she can have copies to take with her to the parole hearing.

Be sure to include Moller’s full name and ID number:
Stephen Andrew Moller – SCDC ID # 00328891.

Send your letters to:
Department of Probation Pardon and Parole Services
2221 Devine Street, Suite 600, PO Box 50666
Columbia SC 29250

We know you’re busy people who probably haven’t mailed a letter since 2003, but if you have a moment today, consider writing a letter to the parole board. Whenever we hear anti-gay sophists argue that gays and lesbians ought to accept second-class citizen status, we remember that the consequences of their efforts are deaths like Sean’s. It’s easy to pooh-pooh marriage equality efforts, hate crime legislation and nondiscrimination efforts, but Sean’s death is reminder of why we fight for these things. It’s a reminder that so long as discrimination is socially acceptable, gay teenagers will be killed for no other reason than who they are. It’s a reminder that so long as discrimination is socially acceptable, the perpetrators get off with minimal sentences. Eight months is an outrage.

Are you angry? Here’s a chance to make a difference.