It sounds contradictory because of the capital murder conviction Monday of F. Glenn Miller Jr. in the shooting death of three persons last year at two Jewish facilities, but the 74-year-old should be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching the verdict in Johnson County District Court in the six-day trial. Miller, who’s proud of being anti-Semitic, reacted to the verdict with a Nazi salute and a “sieg heil.”
Miller gunned down Terri LaManno, 53, William Corporon, 69, and Reat Underwood, 14, on April 13, 2014. The shootings took place outside the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom retirement community in Overland Park.
Miller drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., intent on shooting Jews. But none of the shooting victims was Jewish.
Miller, who acted as his own attorney, had to know the trial before District Judge Kelly Ryan would end with a guilty verdict. He helped lay the breadcrumbs himself, arguing that the shootings were justified because he was trying to stop “the Jewish genocide against the white race,” The Kansas City Star reports.
Miller unfortunately has gotten the attention he wanted.
But the jurors in the the penalty phase, which started today, should resist sentencing Miller to death. That seems to be what he craves, giving him a martyr status among the twisted people who believe as he does.
Jurors instead should sentence Miller to life in prison without parole and add that he spend his time in isolation from other inmates — especially those who believe as he does. It would be the best ending for this infamous and totally distasteful episode in Kansas City area history.