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Trumbull prosecutor seeks more prison time for killer

Published: Mon, August 12, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is urging the Ohio Parole Board to keep Christopher Ferrell, 37, behind bars for the rest of his life for killing a 19-year-old Newton Township man during a 1992 burglary.

Ferrell, who was nearly 17 at the time of the murder, was from Weathersfield Township and Warren and part of a group of teens who committed robberies and other crimes.

A second boy, 13-year-old Thomas Elsmore of Austintown, fired one of the two shots that killed Douglas Lash on Feb. 11, 1992. Ferrell fired the other, according to newspaper accounts.

Ferrell has been in the state prison system since March 1993 after being tried as an adult and convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the Lash murder.

He was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after about 18 years. That sentence also included a conviction from Geauga County for tying up and robbing a 74-year-old woman in Parkman in August 1991.

Elsmore, who was tried as a juvenile, was sentenced to juvenile detention until age 21.

Ferrell and Elsmore killed Lash after Lash arrived home from his grocery-store job and found the boys gathering up the family’s belongings.

Watkins’ office also opposed Ferrell’s parole in 2008, when LuWayne Annos, an assistant prosecutor, said of Ferrell: “The execution-style killing of young Douglas in his own home was not an aberration and not an example of an otherwise ‘good boy gone bad.’”

Watkins and Annos said Ferrell “led an outlaw band of other teenage thugs who committed armed burglaries of numerous homes throughout Western Pennsylvania and Trumbull, Portage and Geauga counties in Ohio.”

Watkins said Ferrell would have faced the death penalty if he would have committed the crime as an adult.

“In short, Ferrell is a sociopath who needs to be locked up for the rest of his natural life,” Watkins said in the letter to the chairman of the Ohio Parole Board.

According to a news report, Ferrell grew up in Mineral Ridge, and two accomplices also were from Mineral Ridge. Ferrell and Elsmore each arrived to the burglary with a gun.

Both shots were to the head, with Ferrell shooting Lash first, disabling him. Elsmore shot second, killing him.


1fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

sociopath? are you kidding me - this guy is the poster child for rehabilitation. i have read all the information, the FACTS at www.christopherferrell.com and I signed the petition!There is absolutely no basis for your comments dennis watkins! all paperwork says the opposite. this was a kid... nearly 17 - he was 16. all about show. he's 38. 22 years - not 20. He is the ONLY one locked up - he has paid for EVERYONE.

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2fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

there are no excuses for what happened. i want to say that. but it is just unreal knowing chris like i do how anyone could say this about him. what about the newspaper articles about chris and the good he has done. what about the 80,000 hours, YES - 80,000 hours of doing amazing artwork for the kids and churches of our communities. what about all of that dennis watkins? what about who he is now - isn't that what parole is supposed to be based after? the journey to the end? if it is not then no one should ever be released - the system is flawed. the beginning never changes.

you have no idea. make an informed decision about chris, don't go by this sensationalism.


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3prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

so does the victim get a second chance???????? So now that Lash has been dead 22 years does he get to come back and get to have a family a life a job?????? I think Chris Ferrell should never never get to have any of this he should be behind bars forever it's to bad they didn't give him the death penalty, It Lash and his family people should feel sorry for. Lash never got to grow up have a family so why should the man the took that from him get a second chance

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4royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

i am tired of paying $35,000 a year for someone who should be given second chance.

let him come out here and start paying taxes. I read all that on the site and can't understand why he is still behind bars.

I'm signing too. I really think this article was out of line

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5prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

so I am also to understand that if he killed your son or daughter he would deserve a second chance

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6royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

if he would have been an adult. NO. but i have 15 yr old boy. he gets in little trouble - hard nowadays on kids. but what got me about mr. ferrell was he tried to go into hospital - meaning he didnt want that life. its in black and white on that site.

nothing can change what happened. that other boy executed lash - that elsmore kid.

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7prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

yea just let him out to kill again maybe he has learned how to do it better so he doesn't get caught next time he should never be aloud out people who sign are just as sick as him AGAIN IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD WOULD YOU WANT HIM ON THE STREETS AGAIN I THINK NOT!!!!!!!!!!! JUSTICE FOR DOUGLAS LASH!!!!!! LIFE IS LIFE!! JUSTICE FOR DOUGLAS! COME ON PEOPLE USE YOUR HEADS!!

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9royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

you went to school with mr ferrell? i did not. and we aint related. however. i read fact. and i see you dont care about that.

in that report from the state on that site, it says he tried to go into pines hospital and was denied for some reason. mr ferrell didnt say it - it in the report.

i would hope i could get the strength i would need from my lord jesus christ to forgive such a young kid.

anyone go to school with mr. ferrell? did he really go to school and brag? i would like truth - i start to think you the prosecutor.

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10believerofsecondchances(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Obviously this prosecutor is just out for publicity and votes from his constituents. I am NOT saying what Christopher Ferrell did was right, by any means and the victims family is in my prayers! but Christopher has PAID for his crime over and over again, and WILL pay for the rest of his life for what his past mistakes are. He IS a rehabilitated man, and I would trust him in my home, with my family, my children, my life. For this prosecutor to publicly call him a sociopath is PATHETIC!!! This man obviously doesn't know Christopher, or anything about the man he has become. He was a child when he made his mistakes, and has paid over and over for them. It is time to give him a chance to prove to the world that he would be an asset to any community, society, and the world. I am so tired of these politicians voicing their opinions on things that they have no clue about, just to gain supporters and votes. Chris DOES deserve a second chance!!! And I pray the Ohio parole board does the RIGHT thing and gives it to him!! My husband spent many years in the Ohio prison system and got to know Chris on a personal level. My husband was released in 2005 and is more of an asset to our community, county, state, and country than most people, including our politicians, that never committed a crime or atleast didn't get caught. So don't just Chris on his past mistakes, judge him on who he is NOW!!

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11prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

at 16 you are old enough to know right from wrong you do know if you shoot someone in the head they are going to die why aren't you talking about Mr. Lash where is his second chance OH YEA that's right he is dead he can't have a second chance but all you bleeding hearts feel so bad for poor pitiful Chris the murderer he needs a second chance to kill again

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12proudmotherofthree(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This article is completely out of line. As an audience I would rather hear the complete story, this is exactly how things get turned around. Please tell us where the killer is now, oh that's right, he was released. I have followed this case closely and the whole story has never been told. Chris was a group of kids when this occurred his shot did not kill anyone, his shot injured an individual. He has never denied nor not accepted and taken blame for the incidents that occurred. As an individual myself that helps others rehabilitate, I would like to think that if a person INJURES my child and another kills him I would that person to get help, however unfortunately the wrong person is still behind bars. Luckily Mr. Ferrel has taken the blame and ridicule of others his entire life. He himself has helped others rehabilitate, others that have made entire lives for themselves outside of prison. My husband spent time with Chris behind bars. Chris protected him and guided him. My husband I am proud and humbled to say is now a working man that pays taxes and practices sports with our children. He teaches them to forgive and help others find the best life they can live. Please tell the whole story. If I for one second believed that Mr. Christopher Ferrel would be a danger to my family or anyone elses I would say keep him contained for the rest of his life, but you are doing an injustice to a man that has proven to become a rehabilitated man. Seeking justice, honesty and forgiveness.

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13walter_sobchak(2417 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Not one of us would ever want our life to be judged on our worse day. Especially for the idiotic things thatwe do in our teenage years. However, the murder of Douglas Lash was apparently just one of many bad days for Ferrell since he was also convicted of tying up and robbing a 74 year old in August 1991. Now, does anyone believe that Ferrell did nothing criminal between that date and Feb. 1992 when Ferrell shot Lash in the head? We are not talking about a dumb kid that was out for kicks and unwittingly knocked someone down, where they unfortunately hit their head and died! You bring a gun to a burglary for the exact reason it was used - to prevent identification, conviction, and incarceration.

While I am not a proponent of the death penalty, we do owe it to society to protect it from killers and other predators. At one time, it was necessary to put the criminal to death to protect society but not anymore. While I am obligated to forgive Ferrell if he requests it, I would be insane to forget his past actions and the possible risks he poses should he relapse into past behavior. When he took Lash's life, he unfortunately gave up his own. Sociopath may be a bit excessive but I won't lose any sleep over it because it is possible that the shoe may indeed fit.

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14prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

how has he paid??????????? you do realize the victim is dead so your saying 20 years is good enough????????? I am tired of paying for him to I say give him death!!!!!!!!!! again Mr. Lash you know the VICTIM in all this is dead and can never have a second chance my heart cries for him and his family NO SOME SCUM BAG MURDERER OR THE PATHETIC LOW LIFE'S THAT SUPPORT HIM OUR SOCIETY IS A HOT MESS IF YOU SUPPORT A COLD BLOODED KILLER HE TORTURED OLD LADIES SICK SICK SICK

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17fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

And you are no different. You are just blurting out whatever you think of, much like dennis watkins.

This article twists things - to make you assume certain things.

first. no elderly woman was ever restrained. yes, these kids went into a house - and when she was discovered they RAN back out and left. she was never touched in any way. also - where are the 19 and 22 year olds that lead the pack? oh. no one knows about them.

second. read the lie detector test. ferrell shot a shot because he was startled - THIS does not make it right, nor am I saying its an out - I am saying he did not execute anyone. ELSMORE fired the fatal shot. where is he??? oh, home. he was released after doing only 6 or 7 years. the rest of the kids? out. you want to protest - protest why dennis watkins let everyone else go.

third. the only gun that night WHEN they left was with elsmore. FACT. the other gun came from a house.

It is easy to yell and scream and protest - but what if your facts are wrong. What if the person you are yelling at is no longer whom you portray?

Do you read the bible? Believe it? Who was paul before becoming one of the greatest writers in the new testament?

Why not just look at who he is.... to the hundreds of people chris has helped, to the friends he has made, we all know him. nothing you say will change that.

I am not related, but have known him for many years. I too am just one of many who crossed path with him during my own rehabilitation. YOU have him ALL WRONG.

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18prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have never rob shot or killed anyone i am different of course a bunch of worthless inmates protecting inmates who will lie and say whatever to get out of course everyone in prison is always innocent O boy poor wittle Chris made a mistake he got startled and murdered someone it was just a mistake

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19prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

November 19, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY Tribune Chronicle
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WARREN - A one-time teenage murderer who toted around a sawed-off shotgun and led a young gang of ninja-dressed bandits was denied parole Tuesday.

Trumbull County prosecutors got word that Christopher Ferrell, now age 33, must continue to serve prison time until at least 2013.

Ferrell, who is behind bars in Mansfield Correctional Institution, was sentenced to life in prison with three concurrent 10- to 25-year sentences for the February 1992 murder of Douglas Lash of Newton Township.

Ferrell, formerly of Mineral Ridge, was 17 when he was arrested and bound over to a grand jury as an adult before taking a plea agreement in the case.

Police said his gang pulled off home invasions in western Pennsylvania, Portage, Geauga and Trumbull counties. Lash, the 19-year-old victim, had walked in on a break-in at the home he shared with his father.

Ferrell also was charged as a juvenile for terrorizing an elderly, deaf woman with a shotgun in Geauga County.

Assistant Prosecutor LuWayne Annos said Ferrell used a .22 semi-automatic pistol to shoot Lash execution style in the living room and then forced 13-year-old Thomas Elsmore to shoot Lash a second time with a .380 caliber handgun that had been purchased from Ferrell.

Elsmore, labeled the youngest killer ever in Trumbull County, could not be tried as an adult and was sentenced to serve time until he reached age 21.

''As one of the original prosecutors in this case, I can say without hesitation that Christopher Ferrell is wholly unworthy of any grant of parole. He accumulated an impressive - if not staggering - criminal history before killing Douglas Lash,'' Annos wrote in a letter to the parole board opposing a release.

''He expressed no remorse for this killing. And, in fact, tired to get Elsmore to take full responsibility for the shooting because he was only 13 and too young to be tried as an adult,'' Annos wrote.


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this was in the paper tortured elderly

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20fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Who talks like that? Like baby talk? I am so sorry for ever assuming a valid and educational conversation would be possible.

Yes, that newspaper article was wrote by the same people who wrote this one. IT IS ALL discussed, with evidence - on the site concerning chris.

Tortured. Never. She was not touched. FACT by court document. More sensationalism.

I truly am done talking here. The anonymity makes anyone able to just blurt out hateful things when the truth is - this article and that one are both sensationalist propaganda.

I will pray for you to receive the holy spirit and that my lord may release you from your hatred.

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21prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The simple fact is that Mr. Lash is DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!! by the hands of Chris Ferrell and others none of them should be able to walk the street again. EVER!!!

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22prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I believe in God and I pray every day that animals Like Chris Ferrell go straight to the fires of hell with the devil where they belong not walking among hard working law abiding citizens

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23prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Agency Policies
Offender Information
Programs & Services

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Offender Search Detail

<< Search Your search only returned one record

Number: A272486 Inmate Photo
DOB: 02/18/1975
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 03/12/1993
Institution: Grafton Correctional Institution

Parole Board hearing scheduled in September 2013
Persons wishing to submit a written statement concerning this hearing may send such statement to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43222. Please include the offender’s name and number on any correspondence.

Victim Definition Ohio Revised Code Pre-S.B. 2 Felony
Sentencing Chart S.B. 2 Felony
Sentencing Chart
Offense Information
Committing County: Trumbull Admission Date: 03/12/1993 Degree of Felony: A2
AGG BURGLARY Counts: 2 ORC: 2911.11 3
Committing County: Trumbull Admission Date: 03/12/1993 Degree of Felony: A1
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 3
Committing County: Trumbull Admission Date: 03/12/1993 Degree of Felony: AM
AGG BURGLARY Counts: 1 ORC: 2911.11 3
Committing County: Geauga Admission Date: 03/26/1993 Degree of Felony: A1
AGG ROBBERY Counts: 1 ORC: 2911.01 3
Committing County: Geauga Admission Date: 03/26/1993 Degree of Felony: A1
KIDNAPPING Counts: 1 ORC: 2905.01 3
Committing County: Geauga Admission Date: 03/26/1993 Degree of Felony: A1
AGG BURGLARY Counts: 1 ORC: 2911.11 3
Committing County: Geauga Admission Date: 03/26/1993 Degree of Felony: A1

Sentence Information
Gun Specification: 3 years Indefinite Sentence Min:
Indefinite Sentence Max:
Expiration of Max Sentence: 20 years
Life Sentence
Life Sentence

Parole Hearing Information
Next Parole Board Hearing/Review Month:
Latest Parole Board Hearing/Review Type & Results: September 2013

The above information may not contain a complete list of sentencing information for each offender.

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24prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

charged and convicted

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25proudmotherofthree(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Please correct your comments, Christopher Ferrel did NOT shoot the victim in the head, Chris fired a shot which injured the victim the individual that shot the victim in the head and killed the victim was released years ago.

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26southsidedave(5159 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Interesting that we have individuals who are all for releasing a convicted killer from prison because they believe that he made a mistake in his "misguided" youth...I'll bet if your loved one was murdered by Ferrel, you would have a different viewpoint.

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27prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Of course if it was their child they would feel different and if you notice everyone posting in his defense has been in prison with him or their husband or boyfriend has been to prison with him so can't really take much in what they have to say they are all about breaking laws

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28proudmotherofthree(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Please do no speak for others, I have family members that HAVE been shot and killed. They have been shot and killed by people hat made mistakes. If your family member was in jail and you saw them become the person hey never thought they could be. There are hundreds of thousands of convicted felons that are now rich and helping hose in need. I am not god, I do not judge others nor do I judge their actions. I again repeat Chris Ferrel did not shoot and kill a person. He has saved people from getting killed, raped and robbed while in prison. He has never said he is a perfect little angel, but NO ONE has the right o speak of what he feels in his heart. I pray or the hate in everyone's heart.

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29DwightK(1458 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Dennis Watkins deserves better than accusations that he is looking for votes. His office tries to keep every dangerous criminal behind bars. The word needs to get out that committing a violent crime in Trumbull means you will do as much time as possible.

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30prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with you Dangerous Criminals belong behind bars

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31prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

LOL what a joke of course you have family members shot and you believe it was a "mistake" and your husband has been in prison that is the type of people that should not be aloud on the streets and that is what you enjoy surrounding yourself with but the rest of the world would like to feel safe from people like that WAY TO GO DENNIS WATKINS KEEP THE CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS MURDERS SHOULD NEVER GO FREE

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32royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

wait a damn minute. i dont give a rats ass abour mr ferrell. never did time with him. but i was locked up years ago. so i am worthless? should be kept away from people?

you got a serious warped sense of reality. in ohio like 1 out of 10 has some type of conviction.

what you do in life but complain about stuff you have no idea. so i did time. so what. i work hard. have a family. most people would never know i had a number.

your blanket statements are just stupid. i was giving my two cents cause i know how the system does people - and when they work and do as mr ferrell has - he DESERVES another chance.

but you should really educate yourself on facts - ohio is full of excons. we a prison state. and you can believe i aint worthless. i would be willing to bet my resume makes you look .... as you called me, worthless.

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33prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

murders do not deserve to be set free they don't deserve a second chance they took a life the victim never had a chance let alone a second chance

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34royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

so i did 16 years 3 months. someone lost their life and i paid for it. i was released in 1995. now, i have two daughters, wife, and a great life. spend 2 days a week working with troubled youngsters in youngstown. got pictures of myself and gov. voinovich for my work with youth in y-town.

you dont know nothing. guarantee you just some white woman sittin on a glass pedestal. you cant read? guess mr ferrell deserves a chance more than me - it says right there in the article you quoted he didnt fire the fatal shot.

i been dealing with self righeous people my whole life.

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38royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

do you know why they have 15, 20, 25, 30 to life sentences? do you know why they stopped death penalty for children? what research have yous done? any? or you just spit out words in hopes other mindless people start yelling with you?

I am out. I have done amazing things with my life, why? because the people who wrote the LAW knows, who were people much smarter than us, that people make mistakes.

oh... don't think i used the race card. true enough - your people hung lynched and raped my people - you think they sittin in prison? or was us poor black folk not worth the harsh punishment you speak of?
but that dont matter - as I said, it SAYS in the article YOU quoted - ferrell did not fire the fatal shot. so under you understanding he deserves a chance before me? right?

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39prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have a Masters Degree thank you very much. My people did nothing to your people. Grow up don't pull that either my parent, grand parents or great grand parents did not own a slave and you, your parents and grand parents were not slaves. Obviously you are ghetto and uneducated and just want to play the poor black man the way my people 100 years ago were treated made me commit crimes. Your a joke!!!!!! Murderers do not deserve to go free!!!!!!! I have done research I know the law I strongly believe the law needs to be changed because it is not working . You cant even speak proper English. SAD but hey how's that person you killed doing is he or she still dead???????? Yet their life was only worth 16 years and your free to roam the streets and have children God help us!!!!!!

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40prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't think anybody that takes a life other then in self defense deserves to walk free

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41prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Ferrell bragged that he did fire the fatal shot

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42fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@royce - thanks for your support but i have to agree, this is not a time or place for that.

@prayingfor - up until now you have been giving your opinion - how you feel - but your last comment IS A LIE. Ferrell never bragged about anything. You are a liar. You really know NOTHING about any of this - and your opinion is yours, we will have ours. But, don't twist fact with fiction. You are claiming something that never happened. YOU ARE A LIAR. A FRAUD.

The fatal shot has NEVER been disputed. You want to know what happened - look over the site:

Why are you not yelling about all the people who were involved that Dennis Watkins allowed to go free? Why are the two adults never mentioned anywhere? Why is the fact Chris DID NOT have a gun when they left that night not mentioned?

I read facts. Nothing more, nothing less. That site presents it all to me - NO ones opinion, reports, statements, and lie detector tests.

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43Themis(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I would like to say a few things. First of all the people who say that the murdered victim has not a second chance are using an argument that is problematic. I will explain what I mean. Of course the murdered person does not have a second chance BUT that does not mean that the offender should not. Two wrongs DO NOT make one right. Justice should be served to both victim and offender. Purpose of Justice should be REHABILITATION. If someone is rehabilitated there is no reason not to have a second chance. We should examine what is RIGHT not what serves our want for revenge. JUSTICE IS NOT REVENGE. If we can save one life [the offender's] there is no reason to destroy it. True Justice includes MERCY. We cannot bring the dead back BUT WE CAN SAVE the living.

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44300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

To Royce and the trashy women who married felons, yes, you are worthless. If you've served time, you're a worthless POS that is lucky the state didn't have the cajones to haul you to the gallows.

As for the fine fellow Ferrell, where did all the tats come from? Did he have them as a 16 year old? He and his ilk killed a guy who worked for a living so that they could leach off other people. Now the low-class wives and other criminal filth come on here and try to defend him. RUBBISH. He's a killer, he deserves never to see the outside world again.

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45lumper(291 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

whoever thinks this guy should be released should have him come live with them and put up a bond of $250,000 as compensation for any future crimes committed by said convict. put up or shut up.

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46Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

We sure can save the living -by keeping Ferrell locked up.

Good job Dennis Watkins!

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47proudmotherofthree(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

No questions asked I would put more than 250,000.00. And also know 110% that he would never commit a crime. What you individuals are doing by slandering and judging a man you do NOT know is worse than anything he would do when he is out.

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48proudmotherofthree(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This has become absolutely ridiculous, please by all means continue bashing people you do not know. My degrees, money and possessions come from hard work and a passion to live a great life. I am a proud soccer mom in the suburbs and attend the PTA religiously, I volunteer at ice cream functions and play dress up with our little princess, our oldest is in gifted services classes because of testing above average in all subjects. We teach our children to not make excuses for their actions and to learn how to correct it so things go better the next time they try. We live a life free of sin and love our neighbors. We do not judge others because we do not have the right do so. Get a life, and get your stories straight.
Ferrel did not kill a man, the man that did shoot and kill the victim walked a long time ago. Is that fair? Again I repeat get a life, you obviously ave way too much time on your hands mr.masters, reading and writing all day long. I would help you job search except I don't think you're ready for the real world. Good night and good luck.

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49300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

There is no way that someone who writes like this has any proper "degrees." How can I tell? That's simple.

Trashy uneducated people typically have a different set of social values and mores. For example, the absurd focus on "everybody makes mistakes" and "you don't know him, you can't judge him." That's the same stuff you can hear on Maury during the out of control teens or DNA test shows. Middle class people don't talk like that, and they sure as h-ll don't lump murder and burglary into the same category of past mistakes as smoking some weed or getting caught past curfew. Example #2 is the way that low-class people will constrict the definition of a crime to the very narrowest a la "he only injured him, the other guy put it in his head." To the middle class person, there is no difference, both are equally guilty. Example #3, "my kid tests above average in ....." Middle class people know that how kids do in grade school doesn't mean a thing. It's what they do in college that matters, so talking about how your kid's doing in school as a sign of good parenting looks ridiculous to those with educations.

This is why I can say with near perfect authority that the poster above IS NOT the typical middle class suburbanite. Just because the criminal class can scratch together enough money for a down payment on a ranch-style home in Boardman or Hubbard doesn't mean that they can pass themselves off as decent humans.

The fact that someone like proudmother lives in a world that includes guys saving other guys from getting raped in prison is proof enough that she's low class.

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50janeyblue3(83 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Proud whatever you think you are, go back and re read the article. I will help you.
"Both shots were to the head, with Ferrell shooting Lash first, disabling him. Elsmore shot second, killing him."
Yes your good buddy did indeed shoot Mr. Lash in the head. He shot him first. What does that tell you? His intent was not to injure Mr. Lash,but to kill him.
Stick with your killer friends. You may be next if you "startle" him.

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51trashywife(4 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I am proud to say that Chris Ferrell is my husband. He is not the person that he was portrayed to be by the prosecutor. The fact that he used such a charged word as "sociopath" to describe a 16 year old (at the time) is utterly ridiculous. If you go back and look at past references he has made to other inmates seeking parole, Trumbull county is a denizen of sociopaths and the worst of the worst.
I understand he is doing his job and pandering to the low-thinking citizens of the county, but to garner votes by playing with the future of a man so deserving of a second chance is almost criminal in itself. The libelous nature of his statements should thoroughly be looked at for what they are- lies. The article contradicts itself from beginning to end, with the last sentence stating the actual murderer, the one who in fact killed Mr Lash was Tommy.
And yet his age allowed him a free ride, he knew exactly what he was doing when HE brought the only gun that night and when HE shot the man AFTER Chris had left the scene. Please get at least both sides of a story before making blanket statements as to guilt.
It is horrible that people are insulting others here as a way of making themselves seem superior- guess what? There is no middle class, and no matter, everyone involved in the tragedy came from low-class families, so before trying to make your words look pretty by flexing your word a day calendar vocabulary, please don't insult others that think differently from you.
My whole point is that my husband deserves a second chance, I would gladly put up any sort of bond, my house, my car, my life - for him to be here. I work 12 hour days, supporting my family. I don't drink or smoke, absolutely no drugs, I am an avid soccer mom of 4, I go to church EVERY Sunday and pray everyday for Mr Lash, Chris and everyone else involved in this awful situation. I am a mom and wife, I'm not sure when that became trashy, but it is who I am. If you want to know more please look at www.christopherferrell.com

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52kk80586(227 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The excuse of "he did not fire the fatal shot" does not pass muster. The difference between murder and attempted murder is bad aim. Also it says that the younger boy was 'forced' by this perp to shoot the victim which makes him fully culpable. It was not an accident or self-defense. It was pure cold blooded murder. If he is truly remorseful for what he did, he should stay where he is and stop tormenting the victims family by having to go through parole hearings and re-live the death of their relative.

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53trashywife(4 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago


a polygraph was taken to prove he did not have anything to do with forcing or telling Tommy to shoot. And though you may disagree he did NOT fire the fatal shot, he was not even in the house when it occurred. He is paying for everyone, he has now served 3 times as much as the principal offender.
and cold blooded murder? Would you liken him to an adult who has killed out of malice?
Vengeance is not justice, and keeping him in prison not serve as justice. He is a grown man paying for the crimes of a child.

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54prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

at 16 you know right from wrong you did not carry a sawed off shot gun into a home without knowing you would use it if someone came home

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55trashywife(4 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Sorry that link doesn't work, if you want to see the polygraph and numerous other pieces of evidence that discount this article and Watkins statements go to www.christopherferrell.com/petition, the test is incorporated into the petition

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56prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

everyone involved in this or any murder should remain behind bars and never let out a death sentence, just like they gave their victim an eye for an eye

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57fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago


This is the link for the lie-detector test.

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58prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Watkins said while Ferrell was incarcerated in Trumbull County Jail he told the 13-year-old to admit to shooting the victim twice since he would not be tried as an adult.

The 13-year-old, along with the two other 17-year-olds, who didn't handle the gun, have since been released from prison.

The crime took place seven days before Ferrell's 18th birthday. Watkins said that if Ferrell had been a year older he most likely would have faced a potential death penalty.

''Ferrell was known to tote a sawed-off shotgun and prior to killing Mr. Lash, had duct-taped to a chair and terrorized an elderly, deaf woman with the shotgun,'' according to Watkins' letter.


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59prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

you can beat a lie detector that doesn't prove anything

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60fatherforgivethem(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes, more articles - more sensationalism. If you went to the site and read you would see that chris has very well admitted to the whole fiasko of who fired what - and why that came to be.

The second part of that was told by a juvenile who not only did not serve one day in prison, was standing in the room when the fatal shot was fired. This individual who did not HANDLE a gun helped dispose of them AFTER chris was dropped off at home. FACT.

I am a Christian. Your statement above was you are as well. I am not permitted by the word of Jesus Christ to judge you, but I will say this - you should pray to remove the anger in your heart.

So, you can keep posting, I am not visiting this page any longer. You will no longer have an audience in me. I am urging all to stop posting and leave these lies and sensationalism to those who need to feed off of them.

chris would not want anyone being degraded or spoken bad of on his account. name calling is left to children, not men and women of God.

And as far as your comment concerning hell - I do not know what Bible you read, but Saul, who later became Paul - was the most hated murderer amongst Christians - killing and slaughtering them for their faith. God not only forgave him, the blood of Christ redeemed him to become one of the greatest writers of the new testament.

Eye for an eye. I think you wish to go live in a country less civilized and defunct of Christ.

You are no longer renting space in my thoughts. I will pray for you.

God Bless. Hope everyone in this horrible event can find peace, which flows forever through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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61prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have no anger in my heart. I just don't believe low life murders should walk the face of this earth with normal hard working law abiding citizens. Pray for the people that are so weak and needy that the follow the low life's. I do know Chris up close and personal I know who he is and what he was and is about I went to school with him I seen him daily he is where he belongs

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62prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Pray for his victims your victims and their families!

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63walter_sobchak(2417 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I love when people try to twist the Gospel to fit their whims. Sure, Christ said "judge not, lest ye be judged." But, add the remaining part of the Gospel. Christ askes how can a person tell you to remove a speck in his eye when he has a log in his own. In this Gospel, the MEN were trying to stone a prostitute. Now, I'm not sure that she was a lesbian prostitute so the reason would be that these men used her very services for which she was being stoned. Christ rightly called them hypocrites since they were culpable. He also told her that he would not judge her and warned her "go and sin no more"!

So, now we have do-gooders that don't want us, as a society, to judge people for their crimes and make them pay. If we didn't have courts, trials, juries and PRISONS, we would then have to rely on people being of the best nature. Now, that is pure crapola. As I stated in post#15, there is a reason for and against the death penalty. Society has a right and a duty to protect the LAW-ABIDING people from the criminal sect. But, this may be instructional. If you shoot someone in the head, it is not to "wing" them. It is to prevent them from identifying and testifying against you in our court system. Such a person is a menace to society and must be segregated from us permanently in spite of how he may have changed his ways. There are plenty of prison functions he can perform to make a difference. And, to base his release on the fact that a then 13 year old didn't do the same sentence is not good logic.

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64prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I also Love how everyone goes to prison and becomes God's children????????????? You should have been in church reading the bible and bible thumping before you took someones life

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65trashywife(4 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@praying, you DO know he cant see this right? not sure who you are even talking to with that last post. As for being up close and personal, should we believe you who knew him 23 years ago or me? By the way God can come into someone's life at any time, maybe you need to see about spiritual healing, you are so angry
@walter our society is archaic in our belief in the death penalty being just, our laws and beliefs are in line with Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. You write of judging and yet you would hold to this barbaric belief of an eye for an eye. The name rehabilitation is established in our prison systems for a reason. That there is the possibility that a person can learn from their mistakes and transgressions and become a productive member of society. Chris has proven himself a changed man and worthy of a second chance.

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66prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

of course he can't because currently he is locked up where he should be forever
If you read statements by the bible thumping murderer above that is who I am speaking to

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67walter_sobchak(2417 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

My post#15 clearly states I am not a proponent of the death penalty nor do I hold to the theory of lex talionis. Vengeance and revenge are poor human traits, along with murder and robbery. Chris can become a productive person inside of the prison walls.

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68300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

How does a guy who's been locked up since 17 have a wife and 4 kids?

I'd like to know how he provides for them from behind bars.

Or, is this some woman who married an imprisoned felon because he's the only person who'll pay any attention to her?

At any rate, it's lovely to see such fine people refer to others as "low-information" when their f-ing husband is a convicted murdered and behind bars! Yeah, that's indicative of a highly functioning individual.

Though, most of all of this is for naught. This guy's most likely never going to see the light of day outside the prison walls ever again for a simple reason. People like me, and we're many, always vote; and more importantly we give campaign contributions. I don't live in Trumbull county, so I don't donate to those local official, but I'm sure there are many people who do live in Trumbull county who are like me. The officials know that if they don't do what's right (and keep animals locked up), they won't get campaign contributions. Criminals can't vote, and criminal supporters are usually dirt poor so they can't give contributions. So, who wins these situations typically? I'm feeling pretty confident that this criminal filth won't be allowed out, lest we deal with his dirtbag progeny 20 years from now.

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69prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Desperate Women every where

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70NilesOhio(901 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

As soon as Douglas Lash signs the petition, I'll sign.

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71prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree if Douglas Lash can sign it then I will and I will take it a step further and go door to door in my neighborhood

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726675409(37 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Killers today are viewed with less disdain than in previous years gone by. Their victim never complains and the general public wasn't affected by the crime. Is there any harm in setting the offender free? Setting them free only diminishes the seriousness of killing someone. Incarceration is punishment and their sentence by any amount of time, compared to the victim who is dead for eternity, is very lenient. Those incarcerated for murder still have their life. An execution would have made their sentence eternal without having life. Serving life in prison is a much better deal than their victim received.

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73prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Praying that Parole Board Members make the right choice and this monster stays behind bars forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUSTICE FOR DOUGLAS LASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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74antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh trashywife,
Your name just says it all in a nut shell.
Go apply for a Prison Wife episode.

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75antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

So let's see...the ones that think he got a bum rap and think he should out in decent society are his wife, his prison ex-convict buddy/boyfriend, and the boyfriend's wife?
And of course he didn't torture the lady he was trying to get a Boy Scout badge while he held her hostage.
To the lady who said they would put up the huge bond -please go do it RIGHT NOW!!
Then let us all know!! We are waiting!!

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76antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Well Diana I went to the Christopher website and I see nothing that gives any evidence of what you are calling lies by the Prosecutors Office. It's just a bunch of nonsense that you have written and all this stuff about his years in the slammer !! Big Deal!!

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77prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I went to school with him I remember him bragging about how he shot and kill Lash execution style. there were no older men he was the oldest he was the one bullying younger kids Hopefully Justice is serviced today!!!!!!!!! JUSTICE FOR DOUGLAS LASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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78janeyblue3(83 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree antdeb41. I looked at to crap written by Chris and his loved ones. It made me throw up in my mouth. My how proud he is to be sleeved out in that charming picture. Makes me wonder if the trashywife has matching tats.
Nice try to get people to believe how it was a mistake to shoot Mr. Lash in the head. Nice try to get people to think he is changed. Throwing the words God and Jesus into every other sentence doesn't prove a thing.
Chris is where he belongs for life. You did the crime,do the time. Too bad you weren't an adult,you could have had an appointment with the executioner.
You may have conned your trashywife and a few other half wits, but it looks like you aren't getting the sympathy you expected. Stop whining,admit what you did,serve your time like a man. Hopefully we never hear from you again.

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79prayingforthevictim(38 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

All this POS's supporters are excons and there trashy wives

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80antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Where are all the supporters now...very quiet today. Anyone that would marry a convicted murderer inarguably has perception issues. Is he the father of your children? Would you allow him around the children? After reading the information you posted on the website from the Doctor I can't imagine why you would marry him and expect him to EVER be released. Into decent society.

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81antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey Diana
why does Adam Nelson state that Chris' wife left him? WHICH WIFE?

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82DACOUNTRYBOY(726 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

READ THE NEWS! Normal city life of today is doing drugs, warped sex and killing people. This lady wants this fellow out because he is the best at what he does. Anything less to her just isn't cool. Normal people just don't fit in anymore. At what point will the Avenger swoop down from the Heavens and clean house?

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83royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, allowing the mice to play while the cat is away seemed appropriate. I had to reintroduce myself as the person I am, since in all accounts above, I am ghetto and uneducated.

I do not care whether chris ferrell is free or in prison, I don't much care about any of your opinions - but I have always been respectful and not once did I name call, or presume to have more or less intelligence than another human being. I am not self righteous and think for one moment I am better than anyone else.

I am about to have a little fun though. On Monday I am calling the newspaper to inform them of the libelous and slanderous comments towards myself from prayfor... and furthermore I am getting the companies legal department to file for records concerning the I.P. address of one prayfor. I am going to file suit for libel and slander and even at best you'll be paying for the court costs.

Because I am free. I am a good citizen of this Country. You can not slander me, or be libelous, or there are penalties under Ohio law.

And at this point, I really just want to expose you for the fraud you are. It really gets under my skin when someone assumes they are better than me.

And don't think my limited ghetto education may hinder my ability to properly illuminate my legal issues - I am much more intelligent than I ever allowed you to discern. That's right, read that in a book called Art of War while sitting in prison. And guess what I learnt then, all about suing people just like you for libel.

I love this Country.

And as an uneducated ghetto man (a slanderous statement about myself, a Black Man), I simply wish to point out a slight grammatical error in a post. there wives, should be written their wives.

I will not post again until I know the contact information for prayfor and at that time will disclose that information to prove the arbitrary misinformation given here, as well as give @fatherforgivethem a chance to also pursue civil charges for libel/slander.

And to all a good night.

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84janeyblue3(83 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

"since in all accounts above, I am ghetto and uneducated."
@Royce,you start off by saying ALL. Interesting choice of words from one threatening lawsuits. Fair play is each and everyone of us can now sue you. That's what happens when you play grammar nazi.
Also I and the rest of the commenters owe you an apology. I/we are sorry we posted comments without Royce here to defend himself from made uo personal attacks.

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85royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It would be absurd to think that one's own words against himself (in response to what other's have said) would constitute damages against oneself. Meaning, you can not sue me for words spoken about myself. Libel is direct slander. Even calling someone a "POS" under law is slander. Understandably people feel as if their self righteous comments allow them to name call and produce libel against another individual, because this article is about someone who has no recourse to the comments or the article itself. This individual is incarcerated.

I am a proud and productive member of Society. I pay taxes and enjoy the liberties this Country has to offer. I also enjoy the protections.

I do not threaten, I give notice.

Did you really call a Black Man a nazi? This is my point. So it is all right to just throw terms around and not think about their hurtful nature or their slanderous undertone? Let me answer that for you. NO. It is not all right, not morally and my favorite, not legally. The moment you decide to use a racial undertone (ghetto) or name call (POS) or any of the libelous terms or statements against people, yes - people who are not incarcerated, we have a right to injury just as if you punched me in the face. The difference is the jurisdiction of law, physical is criminal, libel is civil.

Anger is a two way street, I should feel enraged to be called a POS or to be called ghetto and uneducated. It is my recourse of action that dictates who I am as a man, I do not lower my standards to continue this charade, I end it.

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86janeyblue3(83 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Dear Royce,learn to read. Then learn to Google. I called you a "grammar nazi",not a nazi. Touchy are you? I don't give a flying fig if you are blue with purple and green polka dots. If that was all you could point out in that post,it shows you are just nit picking.
Do not say I or others here called you names when it is here in print that it is not the truth.

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87royce(9 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Again, please do not insult my intelligence with some assumption that I did not understand you. I was pointing out your lack of sensitivity when it comes to the use of your racial undertone. Since you are obviously white, and have no idea why that statement may bother me, or other people of color, I will help you.

The word Nazi in this day and age points to neo-Nazism, which primarily points hatred to blacks, at least in America. It is an ongoing and very real situation, his racial hatred, that we deal with everyday - and I would NEVER expect you to understand that. Whether you call me a soup nazi, a grammar nazi, or a phone nazi, I do not in any way wish to have the word Nazi associated with me, told to me, or in reference to myself. It is used to be derogatory no matter the syntax.

Furthermore, unless we are reading different comments, I am clearly called "ghetto and uneducated" - a few posts later it is stated we are all POS (those who have done time).

I never stated YOU said anything janey and wish you to refrain from insulting me with comments like.... "Learn to use Google". I understood your use of grammar nazi, but still did not appreciate the reference being used toward me in any situation.

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88antdeb41(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I didn't even bring you up so have at it!!! Your past prison record speaks for itself!!

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89DwightK(1458 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Terrible person who killed an innocent person must remain in prison, film at 11.

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90mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Dennis Watkins is a about justice not pleasing the people who make excuses for every crime they commit.
Watch out the next victim may be you or your family member.
People who have no regard for human life regardless of their age do not deserve a second chance.
Thank God for Dennis Watkins....

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