Monday, January 12, 2009


Elyria – After three weeks of deliberating Lorain County Judge Jim Burge found Daniel Petric guilty this morning of killing his mother and shooting his father.

Burge said during his lengthy statement that although he felt sorry for Daniel his decision must be based on the law, not sympathy. “What you have then is a society of men, and that might be the most dangerous thing to any society today, is if you have a society of men.”

Burge spoke to the Defenses argument that Petric was obsessed with the video game Halo 3 and did not know what he was doing when he shot his parents in October 2007. “You can shoot these aliens and they’re there again the next day – you would have to shoot them again. I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot – that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever. I think that was the state of mind that this young man was in at the time of these offenses – that death would not be permanent – but that the addiction to this game was so strong that… his parent’s temporary death would… turn on a light for them so they could see just how serious he was.”

Burge will sentence Petric at a later date. Petric faces life in prison with no possibility of parole.


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