The story would have gone unnoticed by the national media were it not for the fact that McNerney lost his life in the attack.
One of the attackers punched McNerney who died after his head hit the pavement.
The attackers, Eric Wells, 24, Adam Hankins, 23, and Troy Simmons, 23, weren't intimidated by their victim's size. McNerney was a star football player at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The three were convicted and sentenced this week.
The story was ignored by the national media.
Although the crime was committed only a few months after the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin, this brutal and senseless murder received little attention outside the Pittsburgh area.
There were no national interviews of McNerney's teary-eyed, broken-hearted mother as after the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
The media didn't show up at the memorial service, nor did the media attempt to pretend the victim was a good boy with a promising future; he actually was a good person with a promising future.
Nor did the media pretend McNerney was an innocent victim. Unlike Martin and Brown, he actually was an innocent victim; not an aggressor.
The national media didn't show up at the trial. There was no need for the killers to fear for their lives. There was no media circus of any kind.
Tim McNerney was white. His convicted killers are black. And that makes all the difference.
From our source we read:
The three men who were convicted of third-degree homicide in the death of a Washington & Jefferson football player nearly two years ago were sentenced Monday.Continue reading ►
Channel 11’s Cara Sapida reported Eric Wells was sentenced to 10-25 years for third-degree murder and three-to-six years for robbery.
“I apologize for the pain I've caused the McNerney family,” Wells said. “I, like you, remember the circumstances every day. I wish I could offer more than an apology.”
Adam Hankins was sentenced to six-15 years for third-degree murder and three -10 years for robbery.
“I wish I could have done anything to save Tim,” Hankins said. “I will find a way to make up for my mistakes and make a difference in this world.”
Troy Simmons was sentenced to five -12 years for third-degree murder and two-to-eight years for robbery.
“I am truly sorry for my actions. They were reckless, stupid and selfish. I pray for your forgiveness,” Simmons said.
Police said Wells, Hankins and Simmons mugged and punched 21-year-old Timothy McNerney while he was walking back to campus with a friend in October 2012.
According to court testimony, McNerney was knocked to the ground, hitting his head.
McNerney’s mother, Denise McNerney, said during court that she doesn’t feel like she can forgive the men.
“I sought earthly and spiritual advice, and it’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” she said. “I tell you, I can’t forgive you. This is in the hands of the Lord.”
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