Zach was found guilty of 1st degree intentional homicide for accidentally killing his father during an altercation. He was sentenced to life with the possiblility of parole in 40 years. He was 16 years old at the time of the incident. The court did not allow the jury to hear any details of the abuse Zach suffered at the hands of his alcoholic father. He grew up in a very unhealthy environment and suffered physical & mental abuse his entire life. The court also did not allow full testimony from the psychiatrist who found that Zach had Battered Child Syndrome as well as PTSD. The court portrayed him as an evil teenager due to the music he listened to and the crowd he hung out with. Zach was continually placed back into the home although authorities and counselors knew of the unhealthy environment. On the night of the incident, Zach & his father had gotten into an argument and Zach put his father into a chokehold when he came at Zach. His intention was to have his father passout however Zach soon realized that his father was no longer breathing.
This was NOT premeditated and Zach is NOT a monster. He is also not a threat to anyone in society. He accepts full responsibility for his actions and understands that there are consequences to pay. However, he should not have to spend his life in prison! Please make the court hear that this sentence is not justice!!