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Is 6 months fair ?

MARION, Ala. (AP) -- A former state trooper has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge in the 1965 slaying of a black man in Alabama that triggered a key march of the civil rights era.

James Bonard Fowler, who is white, entered the plea Monday at Marion. That is where the shooting death of Jimmie Lee Jackson inspired a Selma march that became known as "Bloody Sunday" when it was turned back by club-swinging troopers. The march helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Fowler had been indicted for murder and was to go on trial Nov. 29. He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to six months jail in Geneva County, his home county.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:19 PM on Nov. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No.

    Answer by ballewal at 1:20 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • no its not :(

    Answer by Truelove77 at 1:21 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • What was his reasoning for killing this man?

    Answer by Shanna84 at 1:21 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • NO!

    Answer by gammie at 1:24 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Not far from Selma, Ala., in Marion, a group of African Americans was gathering in a church at night. Alabama state troopers, including James Bonard Fowler, were called in to break up the meeting, and, using billy clubs, they began beating protesters, including 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson.

    Jackson fled to Mack's Cafe, and some witnesses said he was being beaten as he tried to protect his mother and grandfather.

    But Fowler, now 77, said he acted in self-defense. He shot Jackson in the stomach but claims the protester was trying to take away his gun.

    Eight days later, Jackson, a Vietnam War veteran, died at a local hospital, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Alabama to speak at the funeral.



    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:24 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • No it's not, but if he hadn't pled guilty, the prosecutors run the risk of the jury finding him not guilty, and he would not have served any time. And the chances of that happening are probably pretty good, considering that it's been 45 years and evidence gets lost/destroyed and witnesses die. It sucks that it took this long to prosecute him.

    Answer by bethany169 at 1:24 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • 6 months...60's not like it makes anyone feel better.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:28 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:29 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • no

    Answer by musicmom08 at 1:43 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Thats a horrible crime that he should have been punished for. But at this point, he's 77. Any sentence at this point just dosen't matter because he's lived his life. 6 months or 25 years, or nothing. At age 77, lets face it he's not a spring chicken so any sentence 45 years after the fact isn't really a punishment.

    Answer by MissAlisabeth at 2:00 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

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