Teen Who Stabbed Man To Death For Spilling Coffee Takes Plea Deal, Gets 20 Years

Simple disagreements can get out of hand in a hurry. We’ve all come across instances such as this, and most rational folks walk away shaking their heads. In a perfect world, those ridiculous disagreements will subside as cooler heads prevail.

That’s not always the case, and some of these situations escalate into something that’s nearly impossible to comprehend. This is one of those situations.

As the Daily Mail shares, 17-year-old Marquest Hall has just learned his fate for allowing a minor inconvenience to escalate into murder. Yes, murder.

Hall stabbed a man to death outside of a fast-food restaurant in Connecticut. So what did the man do to set him off? It seems that the victim, 52-year-old Antonio Muralles, accidentally bumped into him while exiting the restaurant. That led him to spill a little coffee on Hall.

Hall wasn’t about to let this miscarriage of justice stand. The Mail explains how he chose to rectify things.

“Prosecutors say Muralles, a Guatemalan immigrant, had just left a Stamford McDonald's with a coffee when he inadvertently bumped into Hall and his friend, James McLamb, then 22, and spilled some coffee on them. Prosecutors said that Hall then spit in Muralles' face and asked if he wanted to die,” the Mail reports. “McLamb then supposedly punched Muralles, while Hall stabbed him twice. The two men continued to attack Muralles when he fell to the ground.”

Muralles died. Over spilled coffee. Hall and McLamb were arrested for their revolting actions. Somewhere along the way, Hall realized he didn’t have much a leg to stand on.

No matter how talented the lawyer tasked with defending him may have been, there’s simply no way to spin this into a justifiable action. Hall accepted a plea deal for first-degree manslaughter, and he’s been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Hall will be eligible for parole in 12 years, and that seems like a gigantic slap in the face to any sense of justice. Muralles is dead. Over spilled coffee. He will never see the light of day again, so exactly why should Hall be afforded the opportunity to do so? Even the sentencing judge took the time to note that the slaying was 'brutal, senseless and totally unnecessary.'

Alas, his age and learning disabilities inspired prosecutors to work out a plea deal. McLamb will be sentenced next month for his role in the slaying. No word on if he has been offered any deals as well.

This is an unbelievably sad commentary on both the state of society today, and the judicial system as a whole. On the society front, there will always be bad eggs. That being said, it’s high time to make some examples of those that are unable to control themselves over minor inconveniences.

That brings us to the judicial system, which should be dishing out those examples with abandon. Instead, a violent teenager can serve 12 years for killing a man, all because he’s young and has some learning difficulties. Things need to change, and it can’t happen soon enough.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: News 12, TurningPointCT, Stamford Daily Voice, julajp/Flickr, Fox 61

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