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Teen Given 11 Year Sentence For Fatally Shooting Classmate After Claiming Self-Defense

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Teen Given 11 Year Sentence For Fatally Shooting Classmate After Claiming Self-Defense

You’d be hard-pressed to find people who will argue that using a gun in self-defense is wrong. It’s pretty much one of the most cut-and-dry legal justifications out there. The only problem is figuring out how to distinguish between cases of self-defense, and cases of not-quite self-defense.

An excellent example is a fatal shooting two years ago involving two high school classmates in San Antonio, Texas. According to reports, 19-year-old Jasjeet Singh had invited two of his classmates, Brian Odipo and another unnamed student, to visit his home with the purpose of showing off a pistol. Singh had planned on selling the gun to Odipo.

From there, things got a little fishy. Singh testified that he showed the gun to Odipo, but Odipo pointed the gun at Singh in a threatening manner. Singh feared for his safety and grabbed the gun. Singh said in the courtroom, “When I snatch the gun, I lose balance and I fall back and I see Brian kind of off balance too, and I hear a chair move. Before I realize it, the gun goes off.”

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  • Bill

    Why would anybody hand a loaded gun to someone thats there to take it.

    • CountryBoy

      2 words….Stupid Kids

  • r

    I never carried a gun with the safety off unless I meant to use it. And, why a loaded gun if your going to sell it. I would never just keep a hand gun loaded unless at a range or somewhere that I meant to use it.

  • dsinchrg

    Agreed this sounds like something is missing or the hole truth is not being told but for some of the comments below.
    I always carry. CCW and due to the neighborhood I live in I pack even at home or have a firearm near by in the house. ( I have no kids otherwise I would have other practices ) But never ever hand someone a loaded firearm, matter of fact I will not hand some one a firearm with a mag in it and I have done a chamber check. As Countryboy said Stupid Kids

  • http://www.il-ccw.com/ Paladin

    Sorry thats not self defense thats stupidity.

  • Mike_Sr

    Only eleven years???? OK First, the gun was being passed around *LOADED* and *CHAMBERED*.
    So, the owner was totally at fault.
    Second the buyer was obviously not conversant with you never point a Gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy…
    The owner over reacted, obviously he didn’t trust the buyer???? Or, he knew the gun was L&C??? Really stupid!
    There is *so* much wrong here…

    • jim

      THE OWNER SHOULD HAVE REMOVED THE MAG AND ROUND IN CHAMBER BEFORE HANDING IT TO SOMEONE ELSE, THEN THE RECEVE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT ALL WAS REMOVED AND IF DON’T KNOW HOW DON’T NEED TO HAVE A GUN IN FIRST PLACE. IT ALWAYS THE UNLOADED GUN THAT HURTS PEOPLE.

  • NRApatriot

    Isn’t it illegal for a teenager to even own a handgun let alone sell one? I know things are different in Texas but I think thats a federal law.

  • MontieR

    One shot is a STUPID accident. Two shots was a deliberate act.

  • Eagles_76

    I’m a gun owner and I never show a loaded gun to anyone.I also believe in self defense but I don’t buy this story.If the kid was pointing the gun at him he would have had to grab the barrel to take it from him and if he stumbled over a chair upon taking the gun when did he have a chance to change the grip to shoot the kid.Sounds like the work of another corrupt lawyer.This kid needs way more then 11 years and his lawyer should go to jail also.

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