April 19, 2010, - 3:07 pm

In Defense of Jamar Pinkney, Sr.: A Detroit Father’s Story

By Debbie Schlussel

Last week, in a Detroit courtroom, Jamar Pinkney, Sr. was found guilty of executing his fifteen-year-old son, Jamar Pinkney, Jr.  The 38-year-old father was sentenced to 37-82 years in prison and will be 75 years old at his earliest possible release from prison. His story is one of the many tragic stories of life on the wilding streets of Detroit.


And I’m the only person I know of (other than his attorney) to defend him.  But I think he got a raw deal.  Sadly, the Detroit mainstream media all editorialized against him in their coverage of the story.

You see, Pinkney’s son, Jamar Jr. raped his three-year-old sister.  And while I don’t condone executions for rape, we know that those who rape kids will do it over and over, again and again.  There is no cure, and all the counseling in the world doesn’t cure child molesters of their sickness.  A fifteen-year-old boy is old enough to know that raping anyone–especially a three year old child who happens to be your sister–is wrong.  In most jurisdictions, a 15-year-old is tried as an adult for such crimes.  And at age 15, this kid’s warped, perverted behavior was likely a preview of his lifelong conduct, had he lived beyond that day.  Via his execution, how many girls’ lives of pain, humiliation and lifelong mental problems from child-rape were spared?  Quite a few, I’ll bet.

But, instead, the mainstream media soft-pedaled the rape, describing it as “molestation”–a sanitized word for it.  The Detroit Free Press quoted the sentencing judge as saying the father denied his son the chance at rehabilitation and repentance.  Do you really think a 15-year-old rapist of his 3-year-old sister will ever truly be rehabilitated?  Dream on.

How many parents wish they could execute the rapists who have killed the mental lives of their kids after raping them?  We don’t condone that kind of violence, but when it happens in the movies and in real-life, we generally applaud those people for cleaning up the earth of some of the excessive scum that made it dirty.  I wish these child rapists would all serve life terms in prison.  But we know that’s not what happens.  They get out, and they rape little kids again.

I feel for Jamar Pinkney, Sr.  He was one of the few fathers in Detroit (and Highland Park–a destitute, wholly surrounded suburb of Detroit) who was actually around and actively in his kids’ life.  And when he learned that his teen son raped his daughter, he apparently snapped and immediately took his son out and shot him, execution style.  I don’t think he was sane at the moment.  And it’s clear he feels terrible for what he did.  This was a father who cared about his kids.  He went off the handle as many would in a very traumatic tragedy.  It’s a horror and rage any parent of a raped child feels because they know their child is irreparably scarred forever, some of the life in them permanently killed.  Now, he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

There are plenty of other fathers a/k/a sperm donors in Detroit who deserve life in prison far more than Jamar Pinkney, men who are far more of a threat to society.  Some are hardened criminals who don’t kill as the result of the rage over a raped daughter.  Others are those who spread their seed at random to various babymamas.  And their absenteeism results in their kids becoming killers, drug dealers, pimps, and thugs.  And, unlike Pinkney, Sr., they’ll never do a day in jail for the monstrosities they’ve borne on this city. Pinkney, sadly, is a babydaddy, too. The raped girl was his daughter by another mother. And that’s why Pinkney, Jr.’s mother and grandmother don’t mention (in the video above) the daughter her son raped and dismiss the heinous act as “lust.” Rape is far more than lust. And now the raped young girl will be yet another damaged Detroit victim of violence who also won’t grow up with a father.

Like I said, I don’t favor this kind of vigilante justice or personal death penalty, executing someone for a sex crime.  it is uncivilized. But sometimes vigilante justice ends up working out for the best.  And frankly, I think Jamar, Sr.–in the heat of a loving father’s anger that his toddler daughter was raped–did a lot of potential future victims of Jamar Pinkney, Jr. a favor.  He saved their lives.

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277 Responses

Damn,thanks Debbie for this perspective on that shooting.

ebayer on April 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Here is another perspective… what kind of life did the 15 yr. old have that would lead him to a mental state degraded enought that he would rape a three year old? Was he sexually abused himself? Perhaps by the man who executed him? And maybe his so called father executed his son so the world would not find out that he sexually abused the son he killed? Having worked as a paralegal for child protective services and had first hand experience with this kind of case, it leaves a person to wonder about the many unanswered questions that we will never know because he killed his son.

    Kimberly on April 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      Actually, you have taken the trial judge’s perspective. Also, are you another one of those who believes that having a lousy childhood justifies rape? Virtually no one here thinks that Mr. Pinkney should be let off the hook, but instead be shown a sliver of compassion and the chance of seeing the outside world again, rather than serving a sentence that will exceed his lifespan. The judge could have easily have sentence him to 20 years to life, but instead decided to make a political statement.

      sorrow01 on April 20, 2010 at 2:24 am

        Sorrow1, I don’t think that having a lousy childhood justifies rape and I don’t think that’s what Kimberly was trying to say. I think her point was that the dad might have more than just the murder to feel guilty about. It IS a known fact that many molesters were molested themselves – I was wondering the same thing, especially given the son’s young age. It doesn’t excuse what he did but it does add a new level of tragedy to the situation.

        hellcat on April 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Every person found guilty of a sexual crime should be executed. I’d like the entire bloodline included but I don’t think I can convince enough people of that…

    If he was a muzzie, the rapists would be exalted. The three-year-old would be burned alive because she’s “damaged” now.

    goldenmike4393 on April 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Gosh, this is so sad. I agree with you. People ruin everything.

Skunky on April 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Debbie, you are the only source I see claiming rape. Improper touching is what the mother claims, and some vague ‘lying on top of her’.

How do you come to the conclusion this was outright ‘rape’ and not ‘molestation’?

PH: Actually, the father said it was rape. The mother and grandmother of the son say it was just “rubbing” to minimize what drove the father to kill the son. DS

PHenry on April 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Anyone that would do any type of inappropriate anything to somebody in his own family is waaaaaaaay beyond helping. Oh, it was JUST this or that. Good riddence.
    Hope the dad gets some type of appeal going and gets out soon. People defending the dead little teen age pervert sicken me. Whats wrong with just touching and laying on top????? Libtards are truly mentally ill.

    Joe on April 20, 2010 at 12:10 am

      Joe – are people saying that just “laying on top and rubbing” makes it ok? Because I don’t think that has anything to do with being liberal – I was raised liberal and most of my friends are, and none of us thinks “Oh, child molestation is ok as long as there’s no actual rape.” I think the people that are defending the kid are doing so because they feel there was a chance he could be rehabilitated. I don’t know whether or not I agree with that, but I don’t think any sane person (regardless of their political leanings) is arguing “There was no actual penetration so he didn’t deserve to be punished.”

      hellcat on April 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

    So, the father saying it was “rape” is absolute truth while at the same time, the mother and grandmother saying “humping” (which is what was said in the trial) is regarded as not true? So, you must have all been there and witnessed the act personally? Last time I checked, the only way to only know FOR A FACT what had actually transpired in any situation was to have actually been present and seen for yourself. So, saying that Jamar Sr. got a raw deal because he was so enraged over the rape of his daughter, when rape was not even proven, is actually just as editorialized as the “media” this blog-owner refers to in her article. Furthermore, isn’t the act of humiliating and putting a gun in the face of your own child an action so traumatic in itself that even if one was in a wild rage, wouldn’t hearing the cries and pleas of your child that you are beating and humiliating, as well as the fear and TERROR in his eyes pleading and begging you for his life snap you out of it a little? I mean, if he was such a LOVING and CONCERNED parent as everyone claims, he certainly wouldn’t be able to go so far as to pull the trigger inches from his screaming boy.

    Just a sidenote: while watching Yolanda Cherry’s testimony today on TV, it’s obvious that there was something she didn’t say when asked if she felt comfortable leaving Jamar Jr. with his father. She even said she didn’t know what was going through Jamar Sr.’s mind and that why she didn’t want him to take Jr. out to his car. Again, this wouldn’t have occurred to someone in reference to someone who was such a loving and wonderful father.

    SassyLee on August 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The hospital on the intial examination reported that they hymen was intact. How do rape someone, but leave the hymen intact. Based on court testimony– when the mother arrived at the hospital and apologized the little girl’s mother– the girl’s on mother said nothing happened. They hymen in still intact.

    Come on! Get real. This was a 15 year old boy!

    mac on August 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

debbie, that is a very horrible story. i was wondering what your thoughts were on the detroit story on nbc last nite. it looks like a war zone down there.poor dave bing has his work cut out for him. they did not mention that the liberals have been running things for the last 25 years.they did mention conyers and kilpatrick but not real extensively. i am sure they did not consult you. thanks for all you do.

KEVIN on April 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hello Debbie

You are a breath of fresh air. I thought I was the only one
in the media who believes that Jamar Pinkney Sr. got a raw deal.
Yes Mr. Pinkney deserves a measure of punishment for dispensing a bit of street justice, but 37-82 years? I hope through some miracle He gets an early release along with the real criminals being let go do to buget cuts. Keep up the good work.

Blowin’ away the myths

Ron Edwards

Ron Edwards on April 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

assuming you’re right about the details, and assuming he had a clean criminal record, i agree with you! i may well have done the same thing!

taking him outside is a problem for me though. i’d be more sympathetic had he have shot him “instantly” and not in a “thoughtful way” as to not get the carpet dirty.

Captain Steve on April 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

OK, thanks. Classic he said she said, I guess. It makes it hard to know what really happened, but in the end, being the father myself of a daughter who was molested (not raped) at a very young age, I fully understand the father’s reaction. It is hard ( I found it impossible, in fact) to have any compassion or understanding for a monster who can do that to your baby. And I spend months fighting my obsession with killing the SOB. ( its been over 15 years and still I can’t promise what will happen if I ever see him again… )

Of course, he wasn’t my son. What a nightmare.

PHenry on April 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

We all know that the supposed outrage came from the fact that the rapist was his son. Had the rapist been a stranger to Sr., the media and all the hand-wringers would be applauding. Like you, I don’t agree with the manner in which he dealt justice. However, as the mother of a daughter, I can imagine the rage he must have felt upon learning about the violation his daughter endured. He must have been incensed. Anyway you slice this story it is sad. As always, thanks for the clarity on a dreadful ugly situation.

Musiccgirl on April 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t think the media would have been applauding if it was a stranger. You can’t be serious. I get so pissed off when I hear sentences like this guy got. It seems that in cases of justifiable homicide the defendant always gets the harshest sentence. I know of a number of cold blooded punk killers who get like ten to twenty and they’ll be out by forty at the latest. Our justice system is backwards.

    tyler on April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Of course the outrage is over the fact that it was his son. This was his own flesh and blood and he apparently didn’t stop for a second to think that maybe something terrible had led his son to this. I was molested by a grown man and at times I even think I wonder what he went through to get to that point. I do think sentences for child molesters should be HARSH, but they shouldn’t be instant and it shouldn’t come without a trial. He was a father to this boy too….or had he decided to move on???

    tracie on August 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I think so too… I don’t trust the “justice system” to do right by the victims. We don’t have a death penalty in this country, anyway. What the father did was terrible to be sure but he was protecting his own daughter. His own son was a monster. There just some things a sane parent can’t put up with but our media and society can’t see it. Sure, this father was legally in the wrong but in any civilized society, protecting your child shouldn’t be a crime.

NormanF on April 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

What a nightmare for everyone involved. It’s going to be really rough on that girl knowing that her brother was killed for something he did to her; I think there’s going to be a lot of guilt there, even though it’s obviously not her fault. On the other hand, we don’t know what her brother would have gone on to do, the kind of life he would have gone on to lead. It’s just tragic, all around.

hellcat on April 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Wow. A sickening tragedy all around. He didn’t deserve what amounts to basically a life sentence. 15 years would have been enough punishment.

Kaiser Sozay on April 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    This man took the life of someone who did something evil and saved a lot of more lives. While I agree with Debbie we shouldn’t condone vigilante justice, I do believe we should have the death penalty for child rape. Any one who forces themselves on a child is a sick monster who should be put to death. I don’t agree with liberal judges they can be rehabilitated and I sure as heck wouldn’t want to find out if I was a parent. So he had to pay the price for killing his own son but at the moment he knew that what happened to his daughter was unforgivable. Every parent on earth wants to keep their child safe and while they may not always act as they should towards them, what they do is out of love for them.

    NormanF on April 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Don’t worry, as long as jr there asked Jesus to forgive him he will get everlasting paradise just like the faithul Christian Germans who comitted the holocaust. Remember, there is no sin Jesus will not forgive.

Nak on April 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Nak – words cannot describe how much of an idiot you are. Your moronic statement just goes to show us how much you really know about Christianity. I can guarentee you that many of these so-called Christian nazis asked for forgiveness and still went straight to hell.

    Jarhead on April 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

This is a sick one and a hard one. This is similar to the “honor killings” by muslims (we abhor) ONLY in that it was purely vigilante style–father plays judge, jury and executioner. There the similarity ends–we are not talking about insulting islam as the offense.

Rather–it is about raping a 3 year old!! Perhaps this is the only justice that could occur. The court would no doubt find some social worker to “help” this sicko and get him through some abbreviated sentence to rape again.

BB: In Muslim Honor Killings, They’d Murder The Rape Victim and Honor the Rapist. DS

BB on April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Schussel, you shoot straight…nice! And do you expect anything other than an arm-chair quarterbacking reaction, by the Orwellian media? Nahhh

Patrick on April 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Hi Debbie,

With a sentence like that, he must have been convicted of Murder in the 1st or 2nd degree. I can’t believe that his lawyer didn’t go for manslaughter since this wasn’t premeditated, rather a crime of passion.

I hope he gets a better lawyer and appeals this. While he deserves to be punished, this is a miscarriage of justice since he basically got a life sentence.

jimmyPx on April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

And where are the Nags from NOW and the ACLU? Shouldn’t they defend a man who executed this rapist?

Little Al on April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

This Man should play the part of Charles Bronson’s character in the next Death Wish movie…He would be proud….Maybe we should pitch in to spring this guy and ship him off to LA like they did to Bronson in the Death wish movie?

Who cares? on April 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Jarhead, if any of those Germans genually prayed for forgivness Jesus will give it to them, as all sin is equal. Killing Jews is no worse then looking wiith lust in the eyes of god. That why there are so many born again tracts showing how murderes can still get into heaven. Unless Jesus told you personaly something different.

Nak on April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Debbie. Only according to the man hating feminists is that true.

Rape is rape. And a person should be punished for the crime. But let us stop the feminist nonsense that a person can’t change. Any person can change in any area but regardless that doesn’t change the fact that they committed a crime. That was made up by man hating feminists. I think we should burn the bible already to appease the feminists. Let us burn the stupid bible already. It was likely made up by men. Who else would say that a dictator would focus on just killing the boys as Pharoh. It must have been made up by men. Furthermore, Debbie this kid is 15 years old.

It is pretty SICK FOR A FATHER TO KILL HIS OWN SON. His father sounds sick to me as well.

You believe in Nothing Debbie except hating Islam. You believe in honor killings Debbie. Just towards men instead of women. Islam is going to win because at least they are having children and the hatred of our own fake religious is beyond belief. You believe in honor killings. Just of men. So we are no better.

This is shameful that is all I have to say.

A: Between your attacks on me and Orthodox Jews in every single comment you post on my site, I’m beginning to think you are secretly a Muslim. You are really getting tiresome. DS

adam on April 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    You know Adam that there was another group that thought that with the proper therapy and counseling Pedophiles could be “cured” or at least not do it again. So, when something happened, they took the accused, sent him to the best therapy and counseling available and moved him to another part of the country for a “fresh start”.

    Oh the group was the Catholic Church and read the headlines and tell me how that “plan” worked out.

    In my opinion this “kid” would not only do it again, there is a good chance since he went after someone so young that there was also Murder in his future as well. In my opinion, the father made a gut-wrenching decision that in the end saved lives.

    jimmyPx on April 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I read the first sentence and I knew it was Adam commenting.

    The usual babble. He needs help.

    Shy Guy on April 20, 2010 at 12:23 am

    The moral equivalent trope – we’re no better than them so that makes their barbarism understandable. We in the West accept responsibility for our behavior in the end. But the same thing can’t be said of the other side that blames the Jews and the West for their problems. So which civilization behaves like a mature adult? I have no problem with believing that’s ours. And tragedies like the one Debbie posts on here only reinforce that point.

    NormanF on April 20, 2010 at 2:47 am


GREAT POINT to my above post!! Mohammad married a 6 year old? What a “prophet.”

BB on April 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Nak–Your anger at G-d whom you deny exists is your main message. That G-d can forgive sins is offensive to you–but realize that it is not like a magic formula as you seem to portray it is. I pity your soul as I pity this rapist son, and this man who murdered him in anguish. But my pity will not forgive your sins—that is something between you and G-d. Jesus whom you mock, I pray he will reach your pathetic soul. You need the light.

BB on April 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Wow, terrible situation all around.

@ADAM, if we’re looking at who is sicker, the father or the son, who knows? We can only go off the information we have. Still, you’re right, this is an honor killing. But it appears that you do not understand what type of honor was being preserved.

It makes me sad that you do not understand the moral underpinnings of western society. The recidivism rate for sexual predators is quite high. The boy “raped” a three-year-old girl. Do you think he wouldn’t have done it again? Should the father have waited around to see? What would you have to say to the boy’s second victim? I’d be interested to hear how you’d apologize to her (or him) for letting a predator live to commit a crime again?

As distasteful as it is, I think he did the right thing, after a fashion. If he raised the boy, doesn’t that show he failed?

*shrug* SO many questions.

Kresh on April 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Yes BB I mock Jesus and god because they do not exist. I have as much reason to believe in them as I do brahma Odin or Zeus.

Nak on April 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

He basically gets life after pleading guilty? Must have had a court appointed lawyer. Temporary insanity, it’s the obvious plea. The man got screwed by the system. I don’t usually feel sorry for killers but in his case I’ll have to make an exception. Another case of Justice not only being blind but also bound and gagged.

tS: My mistake. He was found guilty. Corrected. DS

theShadow on April 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

This is why it is called the “Criminal Justice” system and not the “Victims Justice” system. They cried over the criminal and put the man away who stood up and put down a rabid animal from inflicting more pain and suffering on others.

Think if Jeffery Dahlmer’s parents had stopped him before he had a fridge full of heads. Everyone would be crying for poor little Jeffery, but ask his victims families if they would have cried for him.

How about good ol Ted Bundy? Raped and killed over 30 women, his own fiance tried to turn him in and was ignored. He escaped, twice, from the police. What finally stopped his rampage across America and got him the death penalty in Florida? He raped and murdered a 12 year old girl.

There is no way to tell what someone will do in the future but pedophiles and rapists have proven that they will never stop doing what they do.

ender on April 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I would agree. Mr. Pinkney acted under duress, and this should have been taken into account during his sentencing. I could see a 20 year sentence for this man under these circumstances. That would be a sufficient deterrent to others not to follow his lead, while still taking into account Mr. Pinkney’s mental state. A 37-82 year sentence is what one would give a serial killer, and not a man who quite obviously snapped over the rape of his daughter.

sorrow01 on April 20, 2010 at 1:23 am

Deb, dear heart, thank-G-D that there is a higher judgement. This world is utterly unjust but the Almighty is faithful. His judgement cometh. Watch out pervs the Holy one will settle accounts soon enough. In the meantime, shame on those folks for not judging fairly.

Bea M Garcia on April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

You may not condone executions for rapists, but I do.

The Unmedicated American Voter on April 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I agree. We are permitted to shoot dead someone who comes in to rob us and most of the commenters on this site agree with that, yet everyone here is saying Mr. Pinkney deserves a measure of justice for taking out the beast that robbed him of his most priceless treasure, an innocent child, a mere baby. He took the beast outside, not to protect the carpets, as one poster said, but to protect the baby first, from being accidentally shot if, in his rage he missed and second, so that she would not be more traumatized by seeing the execution. It showed great presence of mind.
    How does anyone apply a sliding scale to sexual predation especially with such a young victim? You can’t. I knew a doctor years ago who would not perform a cystoscopy on a young girl without general anesthesia. When questioned as to why subject her to the risks posed, he stated that they found often the girls were traumatized by the touching and equated it with a sexual molestation later on. Kids simply can’t differentiate when “touching” makes them feel bad.
    As for rehab? it is not a Feminist idea. It’s been known in the medical community that these creeps regress. Another doctor I knew had a relative who had molested a teen. He went to jail and when he came out he was behaving but the doctor would place herself between the guy and her own daughter if they encountered him on the street. He was not allowed into the Doctor’s home and they had been close prior to his crime. The Doctor KNEW the likelihood of the perps recovery was slim to none.

    mk750 on April 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Are “perps” born or made? If made then this “Dad” should of done himself too. If born then we need to be killing a lot more 15 year old boys and a few girls too.

Eden on April 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Rapists should not be executed. That would result in more rape victims being killed as well as raped. If you’re going to face the death penalty anyway, you might as well eliminate the person who is usually the only witness to the crime.

Petunia on April 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Eden, if it’s a serious question, I think both. I do believe some people are just born bad – sociopaths, for example. But I know there’s a high incidence of molesters who have been molested themselves. I feel sorry for them, but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be punished.

hellcat on April 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

You cannot “fix” people who do this to kids. We’ve seen that proven over and over again. The only way to stop them is to kill them. The death penalty should be mandatory for child rapers. I can understand why a parent would take justice into their own hands, though I strongly believe in due process. If the laws where stronger, and the death sentence was available (or even true life sentence) then parents could go to court knowing that real justice could be served. Beyond that, what choice is there?

Amy on April 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I can’t take this piece seriously. I’m trying, but the more I re-read it, the more I’m led to question whether or not it’s genuine.
It’s not even about whether or not I disagree with you that has me stymied. I just can’t get around the fact that someone with such clear influence over the minds of her readers would deal so irresponsibly in absolutes. It’s like…A and B only exist in your mind for the sake of C, and I think that’s made evident by the fact that your own readers have presented other possibilities to you. You’re either oblivious to how intellectually dishonest you come across here, or this is just manufactured controversy. Either way, I just can’t even begin to justify it with a response.

CyberDan on April 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I feel that Jamar Pinkney, Sr. should of been executed for taking his son life. even though the child admitted that he raped his 3 year old half sister something had to happen to him very bad such as sexually assault against him in his 15 year life span. By his dad killing him was not the answer turning him in to the police would of been the right thing to do. And the people that condoning what he did saying it was the right thing to do need to be sitting in prison with him since they believe in taking the law in their own hands.

H.Q.B.I.C on July 26, 2010 at 5:40 am

Good G-d, this is just more tripe coming from someone jumping the gun without taking the time to read anything.

There was no medical evidence of *rape*. The boy admitted to humping the girl (he was a frotteur, not a rapist). The boy was not naked when it happened, but he was stripped naked when his father was beating the crap out of him, and then after he killed his own son, he accidentally called the boy’s mother (his ex) instead of his girlfriend (mother of the 3-year-old) to tell her that he “took care of it, baby”. Jesus Christ, all of this can be found out/read about just with a cursory glance at Google. If you can’t do that Debbie, then you’re just not…not even trying.

This is vigilante justice at its worst, and you are excusing it by supporting this murdering douche.

Johnjohn on July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

First of all the boy never got the opportunity to go to trial for the alleged rape/molesting. His own father decided to be judge, jury and executioner. I don’t condone sexual abuse especially against a child, but Jamar Jr. was only 15 and we don’t know if he could have been rehabilitated. If it had been a grown man that was a stranger, then yes I would say he probably got what he deserved. I can’t fathom that a father could not show mercy to his son. Love should be unconditional between parent and child. There were other ways for Jamar Jr. to pay for his crime. Is it a raw deal that the dad got 37-82 years? I don’t think so, he already got the opportunity to live more than twice as his son and he still has his life. He choice the consequence when he committed this heinous crime. Now who is going to protect his daughter?

Cherron on August 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm

There are some really FU people on this comment page. This was his son,HIS SON. The father did not know what exactly had taken place. To have had intercourse and touching are two very different things. Reguardless. the son deserved a chance to get help. My personal feelings on this are that the father deserves exactly what the son recieved. To be taken outside and striped of his clothing and shot right In the FU%#@ing face.Im thinking the court house steeps would have made good tv. I can not express how sincere I am with that comment. The father Is no better than the sh%t I scrape off the bottom of my shoes. The only difference being, that “sh%t might have some redeeming qualities. I hope that piece of subhuman waste gets ganged raped everyday for the rest of his miserable existence,one can only hope.:)

Mike V on August 4, 2010 at 7:13 am

He killed him because if the son had went to counseling they would have found out that Sr. molested Jr. Bottom line he killed him so the can of worms would not open.

CJ on August 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

This is a tradegy all around. None of us was there, so we dont know what really happened. The father stripped his son naked first, took him outside, and shot his son in the face. There was no proof of rape. Even if it was, that was no reason for a father to shoot and kill his 15 year old son. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and there is no way killing them would ever cross my mind. If Jamar Jr. “humped” his sister, YES that was completely wrong and his family should have seeked help for him. If he raped his sister, his family should have seeked help for him. He was a child and he made a terrible mistake. Jamar Sr. should have been sentenced to life without parole, so somewhere aong the line, the truth was in the middle which is why he was not given a life sentence. As I said, none of us were there when this happened, so Debbie you are sadly mistaken because he was a KID!

Nichole on August 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

First of all, the boy never raped his sister. He had inappropriate sexual contact. The doctor verified her hymen was intact and there was no evidence of sexual contact. The little girl said her brother rubbed on her with his clothes on. You should report facts.

I understand the father’s rage, however, his reaction was outrageous. He literally executed his son. I wonder how big a man he will feel in prison.

Stina on August 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

Wow, what a swing in opinions here. I feel that people who molest or rape usually do it again and the assaults usually go further and sometimes end with the victim getting killed to silence them. But for someone to take the law into their hand and kill, we can’t ever condone that kind of street justice.

I feel it would have been manslaughter if upon hearing, the father killed. What the father did was premeditated, took the boy outside,had him strip down naked and then kill him.
Premeditated because of the forethought to take him outside so as to not soil the house and do his dirty work so mother nature would clean up the crime scene. Pinkney Sr. got the right sentence.

tcdaver on August 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I just would like to clarify that this
SIZZLE! He was WRONG on every level.
Main reason being …. BECAUSE … the
Medical Examiner stated that the
Toddler was NEVER RAPED!!! No forced
Entry or anything! He killed that
Boy for NOTHING! When the son stated
“He humped on her”, he was telling the
TRUTH!!!! He could’ve punished the son
and even sent him away for help. He did
NOT deserve a bullet to the face! He did
NOT even rape the girl! Fry his a**!

TMS II on August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

THe person writing is article only said that because they are happy that another black person is dead anyway. No one truly knows if a person will or will not be rehabilitated. Only God knows the answer to that and it was not his father’s place to take his life like that. THat child was not given the chance to even be tried in a courtroom so why was his father get that chance. There are real murderers out there who get the chance to be tried and convicted and some get off which is not fair.

wuteva on August 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

TMS II I agree wiyh you wholly. There was no rape committed. The humping was wrong and should be punished in some form, but not death by his own father..FRY HIM!!!! Those of you who feels like this is right, ya’ll are just as sick. What if it was your child…you would just shoot him and not think twice. In hell you shall lift your eyes. I understand the anger but this was just too much

Tiffany on August 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I think it’s a sad and violent world that we live in. As bad as the act that this boy commited was, I don’t see how ending his life was a good thing or an appropriate thing. Is this the message we send out to the world: to kill our kids when they do something that we high and mighty gods conclude is an incurable mental illness? Anyone of us would be offended if we were told we couldn’t change something about ourselves. We all feel we have the ability to come through to the light and make a better person of ourselves each and everyday. Who in this world is to say somebody cannot change? Statistics? Science? Do the numbers and psychologists essays justify us in murdering somebody we think cannot change? I simply don’t agree with the author’s opinion, although, I also don’t condone what this young victim did to his sister either.

Peter on August 5, 2010 at 12:18 am

Jamar Pinkney Jr DID NOT rape the little girl. He molested her and touched her inappropriately. That needed to be handled and addressed appropriately. Stripping him naked and executing him in the back of the head was not appropriate.

We live in an oversexed society. At 9:00 am you can turn on basic cable and find people doing all kinds of inappropriate sexual activities. I am not justifying what the boy did, but children today are bombarded with sexual images. He was 15 year old boy going through all kinds of hormonal feelings, seeing sexual images all around him, and dealing with the mental and emotional immaturity that comes with being a 15 year old. He could have been helped and rehabilitated. He had a loving supportive family around him that recognized that he was wrong for what he did and wanted to guide him through this situation.

I agree Jamar Pinkney Sr got a raw deal. He has to wake up every day to his sorry ass life. He should have gotten the death penalty to put him out of his misery.

mac on August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

During the trial there was no evidence that the child was raped. The act of humping the child was wrong, and could have been dealt with in a very different manner. Killing Jamar Jr., was not the way to handle it, he was only 15 years old and could have been helped. This is just so sad.

Sharon on August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I completely agree with you Sharon and using the word rape is reprehensible– particularly when no evidence supports it.

    mac on August 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm


You are freaking pyscho for writing this. First, there is no evidence that the three year old was raped! Second, even if she was raped, does that justify killing a 15 year old boy over it? NO!!!!! The father showed no remorse during the trial. He is not hurting. It was clearly plotted out! He and the little girl’s mother tried to collect on the insurance policy for God’s sake. He needs to be executed! I hope someone in jail puts him out of his misery!

Chavon Williams on August 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Chavon…it’s interesting that I didn’t see your posting as I wrote mine (which is located right after your posting). I totally agree with you, and am disgusted by Debbie’s lacking/slanted representation of the facts in this case.

    Laurel Dowling on August 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

UH…DEBBIE S, your coverage is pathetic! You have not accurately reported the FACTS of this case…I have been watching the trial, hour by hour, and the father had taken out a LIFE INSURANCE POLICY on both of his children for $10,000 each!!! WHO DOES THAT?! THEN, TO TOP IT ALL OFF, the insurance agent gets a phone call from Pinkney Sr.’s girlfriend (the mother of the molested child), the day of the child’s MURDER, to inform him of Pinkney Jr.’s death!!! According to the medical evidence, there was no rape…this is not to minimize the effects on those who have endured molestation, but the BOY deserved an opportunity for intensive treatment…he was 15 years old! Every part of the boy’s murder was premeditated by the father (and I also believe, by his girlfriend, as well)! Then, to immediately and calmly make an accidental call to Jamar Jr.’s mother’s cell, stating to whom he believes is his girlfriend, “I took care of that” proves the premeditation! The child was called a “coward” by the father when in all actuality, the father was the COWARD for murdering his son by shooting him in the head, for all to witness in broad daylight. He will have to answer to God…

Laurel Dowling on August 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

This is a pathetic article. Surely there is something better a “journalist” can write about. There is no defense for what Jamar Pinkney did to his son. He was judge, jury and executioner. His act is exactly what are legal system is designed to prevent. I hope he rots in hell.

Samuel on August 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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