Sorry I shot you!

United States
July 20, 2007 8:40pm CST
A man, who was released from a Texas prison by accident (Due to a clerical error) walked into a bar and apologized to his victim. According to the victim, the man came up to him, shook his hand and told him how sorry he was for shooting him in the head. The victim is blind in one eye because of the incident. The man was arrested and returned to jail. You have got to be kidding. Anyone else hear this story on the news?
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@beckish (614)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Remorse is a good sign; hopefully he won't do anything like that again and cause someone else pain and suffering. But the victim must have experienced true terror to have his attacker come up to him. Most of the time when victims face their attackers they are well-prepared and it is the victim's choice. How terrifying to have it happen out of the blue!
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• United States
21 Jul 07
That is almost exactly what I was thinking. When you shoot someone in the head, you're trying to kill them. When the victim reunites with the attacker, it is usually on the terms of the victim. I can't imagine what that man must have been thinking when he saw his shooter on approach. I imagine he must have had one killer flashback!! No pun intended. Not to get off subject, but this is one reason why I think we should have stricter punishments for violent criminals. Bad idea- let's not get me started!!
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I was answering these from the bottom up. (Sorry, i was bored today lol) and I had thought along these same lines. We had to go to a line-up after my mom's purse was stolen. We were both there and could identify the man. It was the scariest thing I've ever done in my life. They made us go in seperately to see if we picked out the same man. (which we did) Even knowing they couldn't see us terrified me.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Jul 07
Have not heard of this, however, now I am impressed with the escapee. So appropriate of him to approach the man and to apologize. I think that he meant it. Escaping was not all his fault and could have maybe been questioned. I hope he gets a bit off his sentence for apologizing like that.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
He might just do that. We were speaking of this incident at church last evening before services started. One of the men at my church is a deputy sherriff. He said that the sentencing commission will take this into consideration when it is time for him to get paroled.
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@Angela07 (202)
• United States
21 Jul 07
that !!!! that... thats just stupid but he showed remorse and i guess he was really sorry or he just wanted to pretend to be sorry so he could find favor in the eyes of the court.....
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I guess we can't really say one way or another if he was sincere or not. His victim seemed to think he was seriously sorry, at least that's the impression he gave in the interview I read. It would still have scared me to see him coming towards me after he shot me.
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• Canada
21 Jul 07
I suppose things happen in the slammer that can really change a person. I suppose he realized what he did was wrong and wanted to be in peace with himself. I wonder what they guy he shot did. By the way, HOW THE HELL CAN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE LIKE THAT??? THE GUY SHOT SOMEONE!!! Makes you wonder if you are really safe.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I would think the clerical person who made the error probably doesn't have a job anymore...but you never know, because many cities, counties and states are not on a merit system anymore. You have to have so many documented times of screw ups before they can be terminated...no matter what the infraction.
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@GardenGerty (101788)
• United States
21 Jul 07
No, I think I am out of touch with the world, unless it gets posted on myLot. I hope he is indeed sorry, but sorry does not really take care of the problem.
• United States
26 Jul 07
I didn't hear or read what the circumstance were behind the shooting. I don't think, if I were that guy, I would have just stood there and let him walk right up to me again. I'd have probably run and screamed bloody murder at the first sight of someone who shot me.
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@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
21 Jul 07
whoa, I don't know how I'm gonna feel if I was the victim.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I can sum it up in two words: scared spitless. I'm thinking, I wouldn't have sat there and let the man come up and shake my hand. I'd be running as far and as fast as I could.
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@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
yeah, I'd probably run away when I see him coming.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Well, while he didn't exactly turn himself back to the police - maybe he thought they really were letting him out, its also not like he ran off to Mexico or anything. And he apologized to his victim & let himself be rearrested
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• United States
26 Jul 07
What I wonder is...if this man got out on an error...who else they let out of prison that day or week. The article didn't say if he was the only one or if there were others who mistakenly got out earlier than they were supposed to.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Jul 07
That is a wonder, but then again, I live in Texas & I'm afraid to say that it happens more than you want to know about here.
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• United States
17 Sep 07
It isn't just in Texas darlin! We had a man escape from a prison here a couple of months ago...by hiding under the axle of a bus that was leaving the prison yard. That is just crazy. He risked his life to get out, only to get caught and put right back...for more time.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
23 Jul 07
The man may have been truly sorry. It does not mean that he shouldnt be punished. God does say to repent and make ammends if possible. It shows this man did try to take a step in acknowleging his horrible mistake...once free , he should send finacial restitution and make his apology sincere by following through.....I hadnt heard the story.
• United States
26 Jul 07
Yes, We are supposed to repent of our sins. I keep thinking of the fear that his victim must have felt, seeing him come towards him, knowing that he was supposed to be locked up. I would have feared he was coming back to finish the job.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
21 Jul 07
No, I haven't heard anything about it or I missed the news. Wow they let him out by accident! And yet he went to apologized to the victim at least he had the chance to apologize. He had a little freesom and went back to jail. :)
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• United States
26 Jul 07
You seem to be hearing more and more about people who are accidently paroled early, or those who are let out on good behavior even though they are still threatening their victims again. It is getting to be where it's not safe even in your own homes.
• United States
21 Jul 07
No, I had not heard this story and I live in Texas, what part of Texas did this happen in?? Such an idiot this guy must have been to think that it would be okay for him to do this.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
Houston is what the newspaper article said. I'm thinking he was either really stupid...or really smart and thought that apologizing would get him a lighter sentence or better chance of being paroled early.
• Canada
21 Jul 07
This story is new to me. As for being accidentally released from jail, we had that problem last week when an ex-boyfriend of a family member, a man who had threatened our loved one, was "accidentally" released and came back here looking for her. My fiance and I handled the problem, and he was arrested again, with no harm to our loved one.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
You are fortunate. I read a statistic while helping do some research for a crime bill that our local legislature was plugging that having a restraining order only works to keep victims safe about 15% of the time. How scary is that?
@babostwick (2037)
• United States
21 Jul 07
I have never heard of anything like that. That's got to be a 1st. I didn't even know about something like that. I guess it's a good thing that he showed remorse and apologized about it. The guy is back in jail serving his time but I guess he felt maybe it would be best to go up to the person and apologize to him and that's it. I think it was done as a clear conscience decision.
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• Canada
21 Jul 07
No, I haven't heard this story. Its pretty stupid that people can just be released from jail. Though, its a little nice that at least the guy apologized...not that it would make anything better but at least he felt sorry for what he did.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
what the article didn't tell was what happened in the original confrontation between the two men, whether it was a bar fight, or a robbery turned bad, or domestic disturbance. i'd think that the circumstances in the first incident might have had some bearing on whether the man was receptive to the shooter or not.