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Petition the State of Tennessee to enact Boomer's Law

Richard Lonard Smith, II is my nephew. We called him Boomer.  Boomer was a member of the National Honor Society; an all A student throughout his high school years graduating with honors;  an all district and all upper Cumberland football player and the offensive MVP for the Monterey Wildcats in 2009 and 2010;  he also attended boys state in 2009.   In the early morning hours of March 24, 2012 Boomer was killed when a friend hit him in the back of the head with his fist in Putnam County Tennessee. Boomer's friend had been in an altercation with another boy and was angry. Boomer attempted to calm him down. As Boomer turned his back on this young man he lunged and punched Boomer in the back of his head with everything he had. Boomer went to the ground never to get up again.  Boomer turned 20 on March 10, 14 days before his death.  Our justice system is going to charge this young man that took his life in such a reckless manner with a class C felony for aggravated assault. There is no class b felony for aggravated assault resulting in death in Tennessee.   Our family is not the only family in Tennessee to experience a loss under similar circumstances. Those families, mine included, find themselves at the mercy of an inadequate justice system in the name of "state budget". A bill to amend the sentencing in cases such as this was presented last year in the Tennessee General Assembly in 2011 by Senator Ken Yager of Roane County and Representative Jim Coley of Shelby County and was pulled due to the "added expense to the state budget". Is there a price on the life of another taken in such a reckless manner? Our family does not think so. People who take such reckless chances with the welfare of another need to be held accountable for their actions. Would you please help us gain state attention by supporting us in our petition to amend Tennessee Code Annotated 39 and 40 to  increase sentencing in aggravated assault resulting in death to a class B felony? It is too late for Boomer but perhaps we can get this on the books so that another family will not have to deal with the powerlessness, frustration, pain, and anger  that we have had to endure. If you want to know more about Boomer just google his name, "Boomer Smith - Monterey TN". He was an awesome young man, loved by many.  We need your help in getting Boomer's Law on the books in Tennessee.

Here is the link to the bill presented by Ken Yager and Jim Coley last year.   

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB1031.pdf

Here is the link to the Estimated Fiscal Impact if this were to become law.

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Fiscal/HB1031.pdf

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Beth Harwell
    Tennessee General Assembly
  • State Representative
    Bill Dunn
  • State Representative
    Andrew Farmer
  • State Representative
    Charles Curtiss
  • State Representative
    Craig Fitzhugh
  • State Representative
    Dale Carr
  • State Representative
    Debra Moody
  • State Representative
    Kent Calfee
  • State Representative
    Art Swann
  • State Representative
    Cameron Sexton
  • State Representative
    Kelly Keisling
  • State Representative
    Joseph Armstrong
  • State Representative
    Jim Coley
  • Senator
    Charolotte Burks
  • House Judiciary Committee Chair
    Rep. Eric Watson
  • Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference
    Phil Bivens, 29th District, Chairman Legislative Committee
  • Senator
    Ken Yager
  • State Representative
    Harry Brooks
  • State Representative
    Jimmy Eldridge
  • State Representative
    Richard Floyd
  • State Representative
    Kevin Brooks
  • State Representative
    JoAnne Favors
  • State Representative
    Vince Dean
  • Tennessee State House


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