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Utah Juggalo loses attempted murder appeal in battle ax case

A man who attacked his girlfriend’s ex-lover with a knife, while his friend used a battle ax, has lost his latest effort to escape an attempted murder conviction.

In a ruling released Thursday, the Utah Court of Appeals affirmed Cody Jesse Augustine’s conviction on one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony. Augustine, 25, was convicted two years ago for repeatedly stabbing 17-year-old Justin Ennis with a knife outside Ennis’ Kearns home in 2008.

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cody Augustine, 23, listens as his attorney, Randy Richards pleads his case in front of Judge Judith Atherton, in 3rd District court, Friday, April 22, 2011. Augustine was sentenced to three years to life in prison for stabbing a teenager with a knife while his friend attacked the same boy with a battle ax 2 1/2 years ago.
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cody Augustine, 23, makes a statement to the court, in front of Judge Judith Atherton, in 3rd District court, Friday, April 22, 2011. Augustine was sentenced to three years to life in prison for stabbing a teenager with a knife while his friend attacked the same boy with a battle ax 2 1/2 years ago.

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Augustine’s friend, Scott Tyler Stapley, also participated in the attack and reportedly wielded a four-sided battle ax. Augustine used a knife, police reported. Both Stapley and Augustine were sentenced to three years to life in prison.

Police have said Stapley and Augustine were members of the Juggalos, fans of the Insane Clown Posse rap group who are classified as a gang by the FBI and Utah law enforcement.

Augustine’s attorneys argued he should get a new trial because he was under extreme emotional distress during the attack. They contend they should have been allowed to call an expert witness to testify at trial about Augustine’s emotional state. The trial judge prevented the expert from testifying, and defense attorneys appealed, saying that violated Augustine’s constitutional right to call witnesses.

According to the appeals court ruling, Augustine’s emotional-distress defense was based on three “triggering events”: He reportedly believed he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from his girlfriend, who he concluded must have been infected by Ennis; he drove to Ennis’ home for a fistfight, which “spiked his adrenaline”; and he suffered emotional distress at the sight of blood as he and Stapley attacked Ennis.

Prosecutors have described the incident as being like a “Hollywood slasher flick.” Ennis suffered an 8-inch cut to his neck, a 10½-inch cut in his left pectoral muscle and smaller cuts on his shoulder and hands. It required more than 300 stitches to close his 12 wounds, five of which were from being stabbed, and he spent five days in the hospital.

Together, those triggers caused Augustine to “lose control of his rationality,” his attorneys argued.

The appeals court rejected that argument, ruling that Augustine was not allowed to make an extreme emotional distress defense. That defense is invalid because the “stressors” causing Augustine’s emotional state were “self-created.”

The ruling consequently sides with government attorneys who argued that Augustine’s emotional distress was the result of engaging in a violent attack. They also pointed out that emotional distress cannot be used as a defense if it is caused by the commission of a crime.

Juggalette- Alyssa Bustamante get life sentence in child murder case


A Missouri Juggalette teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an “ahmazing” thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl’s family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

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Moments before her sentence was imposed, 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante rose from her chair — with shackles linking her ankles and holding her hands to her waist — and turned to face the family of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whom she confessed to killing in October 2009.

“I really am extremely, very sorry for everything. I know words,” she said, pausing to take a deep breath and struggling to compose herself, “can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this.”

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She later added: “If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”

Elizabeth’s mother, Patty Preiss, who on the first day of Bustamante’s sentencing hearing called her an “evil monster” and declared “I hate her,” sat silently, staring forward as Bustamante’s finished her apology.

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce then sentenced Bustamante to the maximum possible sentence for second-degree murder — life in prison with the possibility of parole. She ordered the teenager to serve a consecutive 30-year term for armed criminal action, a charge resulting from her use of a knife to slit the throat and stab Elizabeth after she had strangled her into unconsciousness.

Elizabeth’s family left the courthouse without talking to reporters.

“The sentencing process was extremely difficult for the family, as no sentence can adequately punish this heinous crime,” Matt Diehr, a St. Louis attorney speaking on behalf of the family, said later in a telephone interview.

Bustamante’s family, which also was present in the courtroom, declined to comment about the sentence, though an attorney called it “harsh.” There was no indication that Bustamante planned to appeal the sentence.

Bustamante originally had been charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty last month to the lesser charges to avoid a trial and the possibility of spending her life in an adult prison with no chance of release.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said after Wednesday’s sentencing that he agreed to the lesser charge because the judge had suppressed a statement given by Bustamante to authorities in which she described the slaying and stated she wanted “to know what it felt like” to kill someone.

Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of Elizabeth’s murder in the small town of St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City. Evidence presented during her hearing revealed that Bustamante had dug a shallow grave in the woods several days in advance, then used her younger sister to lure Elizabeth out of her home with an invitation to play. Bustamante, who had hidden a knife in a backpack, said she had a surprise for Elizabeth in the forest. The surprise turned out to be her demise.

Defenses attorneys had argued for leniency after presenting evidence from family members and mental health experts about Bustamante’s troubled childhood. Bustamante was born to teenage, drug-abusing parents; her father was imprisoned and her mother abandoned her, leaving her in the legal custody of her grandmother.

“This was a child who had been spiraling out of control, but has treatable conditions,” Bustamante’s attorney, Charlie Moreland, said after the sentencing.

But Richardson said the life sentence was justified. He described Bustamante as “a truly evil individual who strangled and stabbed an innocent child simply for the thrill of it.”

Under Missouri guidelines, Bustamante would have to serve 35 years and five months in prison before she is eligible for parole, said Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Cline. It’s also possible that the more than two years Bustamante spent in jail while awaiting her sentencing could be counted toward that time.

After spending several weeks at a diagnostic prison, Bustamante could be placed in either one of Missouri’s two female prisons or sent out of state. Cline said department officials also would evaluate whether Bustamante should be kept separate from other adult woman inmates.


Juggalo Gang Member Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Kalispell Stabbing – Murders because it felt good

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A California man faces three felony charges, including attempted murder, after police say he stabbed a Kalispell homeowner during a Dec. 12 home invasion because “it felt good.”

Prosecutors with the Flathead County Attorney’s Office have charged Dante Kirpal Kier, 19, of Santa Barbara, Calif., with attempted deliberate homicide, aggravated burglary and assault with a weapon. All three charges are felonies.

According to charging documents filed in Flathead District Court, homeowner Brian Bay was fixing the dishwasher in his southeast Kalispell house when he went out to the garage to get a tool. His wife and children were home as well.

When he returned inside, Bay said he saw Kier in the hallway. Bay confronted the intruder, who had a weapon in his hand. During the confrontation, Kier allegedly stabbed Bay in the upper arm and inside his mouth.

Prosecutors say Kier then tried to stab Bay in the ribs numerous times with what turned out to be a wood-handled steak knife. Investigators said the blade was “bent severely” after the stabbing.

Bay wrestled Kier to the ground and held him while his wife called the police at about 9:35 p.m. Officers arrived and arrested Kier. Police say Bay’s wife and children were unharmed during the incident.

Bay was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where he received treatment for his injuries, which included the stab wounds to his arm and mouth, as well as bruising on his chest.

Once Kier was taken into custody, court records state that he agreed to talk with investigators without an attorney, making several voluntary statements about entering the Bays’ home and that he had “attempted murder” because “it felt good.”

When police officers canvassed the neighborhood, several of the Bays’ neighbors said they found notes on their windows that said, “Your house is being watched tonight by … the creeps.”

Kier also allegedly told police that he is a member of the Insane Clown Posse gang, and referred to himself as a Juggalo. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, law enforcement in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets.

Juggalos are typically fans of the Insane Clown Posse, a hip-hop duo from Detroit. The duo has denounced violence in previous media interviews.

According to court documents, Kier has a conviction in Santa Barbara for entering a non-commercial dwelling in 2010. Charging documents also state that Kier’s father called KPD and said his son has a history of drug abuse and mental illness and “he believes Kier should stay in jail out of concern for the public and his son.”

Kier is in custody at the Flathead County Detention Center on $500,000 bail. Because a dangerous weapon was allegedly used in the crime, Kier faces up to 110 years in prison for attempted deliberate homicide alone.

Cold 187 – The Psychopathic Assassin

Violent music video which has got juggalos upset that a black man is killing white people – the majority of icps fans are white and this is leading to racist comments on youtube ?? where are the comments against murder ??

‘Juggalo’ Culture May Be At Center Of Bethany Murder

BETHANY, Oklahoma — Cody Perez, a person of interest in the Carina Saunders murder, has a lengthy criminal record and is a self professed “Juggalo.” Juggalos are followers of the Detroit-based rap group Insane Clown Posse ( ICP), known for violent lyrics.

Saunders has no known connections to the band, but Perez does not hide his affiliations. ICP performs songs like “I Stab People,” “Suicide Hotline” and “Another Love Song.” Their fans have been accused of acting out the violent lyrics.

“I could love you and treat you with class and have babies falling all out your a**, but thinking about that I feel I’d rather kill you,” are the lyrics from “Another Love Song.”

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Criminologist Howard Kurtz says the person who dismembered Carina Saunders’ 19-year-old body wants attention.

“It’s not usual that a person is dismembered. And when they are, it’s usually because they are trying to hide the body, not where it could be easily found,” Kurtz said. “It’s possible they did it to scare people.”

Saunders’ body was found Thursday behind the Homeland grocery store in Bethany. She was stuffed into a duffel bag.

Perez may be on the run, but on his Facebook page, the repeat offender writes I’m a muthaf**** Juggalo and have a little Juggalo in training and two more on the way.”

Is the band to blame?

“The kids that show up to the concerts they think of it as something much more than entertainment, so there is a great danger to that,” Kurtz said.

Juggalos claim they aren’t a gang, but a family.

“We have a lot of youth that are adrift in our society. They are looking for meaning and trying to connect with something,” Kurtz said.

Saunders’ Facebook pictures talk of the end being near and although police won’t say how she is connected to Perez, Kurtz says the pictures are alarming.

Anyone who can assist in the case is asked to call Bethany police at 405-789-2323.

Juggalo found guilty of murder – MASS MURDER MAKES THEM HAPPY

STROUDSBURG – Jurors needed less than two hours to convict two Cresco men of first degree murder in the 2009 stabbing death of Michael Goucher.

Shawn Freemore and Ian Seagraves, ages 19 and 17 at the time of the murder, were charged with luring the victim to a wooded area in Price Township where the brutal crime happened. Goucher, 21, was stabbed repeatedly.

The defense argued that Freemore and Seagraves were influenced by ‘Juggalo’ rap music, and drugs, and that they did not intentionally kill Goucher.

Both face mandatory life prison sentences.

Murder trial for Juggalos starts today

The trial is scheduled to start today for two men charged in the fatal stabbing and robbery of a third in Price Township.

The jury was picked Monday for Cresco residents Ian Seagraves, 19, and Shawn Freemore, 21, both charged in the February 2009 murder of U.S. Army veteran and East Stroudsburg Crime Watch member Michael Goucher, 21. First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso is prosecuting the case, with Lackawanna County attorneys Joseph D’Andrea and Bill Thompson representing Seagraves and Stroudsburg attorney Robin Spishock representing Freemore.

The defendants reportedly identify themselves as Juggalos, a subculture some view as a violent gang.

Goucher was last seen on Feb. 3, 2009, after saying he was going to visit a friend, and reported missing. His body was found more than a week later in a wooded area off Stoney Run Lane, about a quarter mile from where his abandoned car had been discovered.

State police learned Goucher had met Freemore in an online chat room. The investigation led to Freemore’s and Seagraves’ arrests.

Police said Freemore later told them he and Goucher had met for sex in January 2009 and that the two had met again on the night of Feb. 3, 2009 for another tryst. Freemore said he refused Goucher’s advances, got out of the car and, when Goucher followed him, stabbed Goucher, according to police.

Further investigation uncovered a different story police believe to be the truth. According to this other story, Goucher arrived in Price Township to meet Freemore and was led by Freemore to an area where Seagraves was waiting.

Freemore and Seagraves then attacked and chased Goucher, killing him, taking items from his person and covering his body with snow in the woods. Freemore took also a DVD and small digital voice recorder, on which the defendants allegedly later taped themselves talking about the murder, from Goucher’s car.

Other evidence includes poems, which police believe likewise detail Goucher’s murder, found in notebooks taken from Freemore’s car.

Some Juggalos and Juggalettes prefer violent rock and rap songs by groups such as Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid, which contain some lyrics about stabbing people in the throat, according to pre-trial testimony. Seagraves’ MySpace nickname was “Throwt Stabba.”

The Juggalo emblem is a man running with a meat cleaver in his hand. Police said a meat cleaver and knife were found near Goucher’s body.

The trial is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. today before county President Judge Ronald Vican.


More juggalos in the media


CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) — A jury in Clinton has convicted Robert Edward Fritts of murder in the hatchet slaying of his mother-in-law.

The sentence was returned on Wednesday. A hearing in Anderson County Criminal Court on Thursday morning will determine whether the 27-year-old Fritts could be paroled after 51 years.

The panel of nine women and three men returned the guilty verdict to a first-degree murder indictment late Thursday afternoon, according to The Oak Ridger.

Fritts was convicted in the March 2007 killing of 45-year-old Teresa Anne Busler, whose husband found her dead in a bedroom of their Andersonville home

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ICP are not a Christian band – do not believe the lies

One of the lies is icp is a religious or Christian band , mostly by juggalos to defend their bands lyrics and to allow their music to be played in schools which are against this sort of music.

The ICP’s announcement was widely derided by, well, pretty much everyone. They found it hard to explain themselves. When asked by Guardian reporter Jon Ronson about the hypocrisy of their violent lyrics encouraging murder, rape, and other un-Christianlike activities, as well as their willful ignorance to science, Violent J just made an analogy about how science is like fucking your girlfriend’s mom. OK! So that’s what made fellow Separated at Birth clown Micael Bogar take notice prior to the Rally to Restore Sanity. Bogar organized a troupe of amateur clowns to attend the rally as the Sane Clown Posse, a group of clowns who prized rationality over all other things. The clowns made signs like “There’s actually a perfectly rational explanation for magnets” and “Rainbows are light diffractions.” I embedded with them, red nose and everything, and became part of one of the rally’s more popular photo opportunities.