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Earlier this week we posed the question
: Should Nila LaRue of Knoxville be charged at all for shooting an unarmed man who showed up at his condo and threatened him? Or, perhaps, be charged with a lesser crime, like manslaughter?
Jurors decided Wednesday to convict LaRue of manslaughter, according to the News Sentinel
. Now a judge will determine whether he'll serve time in prison or on probation. This is an issue that, at the very core of proprietary maleness, seems to inflame. If a guy, like John Jay Harrold, who LaRue killed, shows up to your house after sending you threatening text messages, wearing black gloves and uttering threats against your life, can you take his?
Knee-jerk says yes. But the jury, in the end, determined the shooting was unjustified. Part of me thinks this was wise. That perhaps this verdict will have a chilling effect on reactionary men with guns who might be inclined to determine self defense a little too loosely.
LaRue certainly could have chosen to ignore Harrold. To turn the other cheek and refuse to rise to the bait. There are, however, a lot of what-ifs in this story. Fist fights do end in death and debilitating injury. Dollars to donuts, though, I imagine the judge in this case won't give LaRue any prison time.