Anthony Marsh sentenced to 26 years for murders of Stephanie Bellinger and baby Lili

Daily Echo: Marsh given two life sentences for double murder Marsh given two life sentences for double murder

A HAMPSHIRE man will serve at least 26 years behind bars for the brutal murders of his fiancée and their baby daughter.

Anthony Marsh was today handed two life sentences after being convicted of the murders of Stephanie Bellinger and their ten-month-old daughter Lili Beau Marsh.

He savagely stabbed both to death at their family home in Myrtle Avenue, Totton, on February 25 this year.

At Winchester Crown Court this morning the judge told Marsh, 22, that although he accepted he had had a mental disorder at the time, the jury rejected his defence that the voices he claimed to have heard in his head were impossible to ignore.

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Dressed in a dark grey pinstripe suit and white open-necked collarless shirt Marsh listened impassively as the judge told him his crimes were "horrendous". But he nodded and said thank you before being taken down from the dock.

The two life terms will run concurrently and the judge warned Marsh that he would not automatically be released once he served 26 years and he would only be freed when he is considered to no longer be a threat to the public.

In sentencing Mr Justice Tim Holroyde told Marsh his crimes had been made worse by the vulnerable nature of his victims.

He said: "Lili by reason of her age but also Stephanie for the simple reason that you waited until she was soundly asleep before attacking her."

The judge added that the scene of "brutality" he created has left a terrible lasting memory for Stephanie's mother and sister, who found the bodies.

He said: "For a mother and sister to find a loved one in such a position is truly appalling.

"As an intelligent man I can only conclude that you must have thought about that at some stage.

"A simple phone call would have done much to lessen the trauma. It was an act of selfishness to do nothing."

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11:22am Wed 1 Dec 10

wizzle says...

How can you have a mental disorder at the time? How convenient! I suppose hes ok now then! Well Justice has finally been done at last, may he rot in jail!
My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Stephanie and Lili, may they rest in peace.
How can you have a mental disorder at the time? How convenient! I suppose hes ok now then! Well Justice has finally been done at last, may he rot in jail! My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Stephanie and Lili, may they rest in peace. wizzle
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11:29am Wed 1 Dec 10

Dasal says...

I hope the only "voices" he will hear will be those of Stephanie & Lili, -

MAY THEY HAUNT HIM FOREVER !!!!!
I hope the only "voices" he will hear will be those of Stephanie & Lili, - MAY THEY HAUNT HIM FOREVER !!!!! Dasal
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11:41am Wed 1 Dec 10

Torchie1 says...

I heard voices in my head telling me to drive at 56 MPH in a 40MPH limit. I was found guilty in spite of this phenomenon.
I heard voices in my head telling me to drive at 56 MPH in a 40MPH limit. I was found guilty in spite of this phenomenon. Torchie1
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11:58am Wed 1 Dec 10

No_Fuss says...

rott in hell loser !!!
rott in hell loser !!! No_Fuss
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1:02pm Wed 1 Dec 10

ohmywell says...

Scumbag Hope he gets a nice welcome in his cell.
Scumbag Hope he gets a nice welcome in his cell. ohmywell
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1:27pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Stupideditor says...

Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens.

Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights) Stupideditor
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1:56pm Wed 1 Dec 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

Stupideditor wrote:
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens.

Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
".... the judge warned Marsh that he would not automatically be released once he served 26 years and he would only be freed when he is considered to no longer be a threat to the public." No automatic release or parole in this case. This is not about human rights. That is the Law that exists but Judges can recommend as in this case....

The people who have a life sentence are the mum, sister and son of Stephanie. What a terrible thing to have to live with :( I hope they can find some comfort in that this monster is behind bars, however, that will never take away the pain that they feel, my heart goes out to them :(
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)[/p][/quote]".... the judge warned Marsh that he would not automatically be released once he served 26 years and he would only be freed when he is considered to no longer be a threat to the public." No automatic release or parole in this case. This is not about human rights. That is the Law that exists but Judges can recommend as in this case.... The people who have a life sentence are the mum, sister and son of Stephanie. What a terrible thing to have to live with :( I hope they can find some comfort in that this monster is behind bars, however, that will never take away the pain that they feel, my heart goes out to them :( freemantlegirl2
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2:29pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Snarfpup says...

Stupideditor wrote:
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
I was thinking that too. If he behaves himself in prison he could be out by the time he is 48. Hardly fair to have that much of your life left to live after a horrendous crime like that.
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)[/p][/quote]I was thinking that too. If he behaves himself in prison he could be out by the time he is 48. Hardly fair to have that much of your life left to live after a horrendous crime like that. Snarfpup
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4:07pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Karenrstevens says...

life should mean life and i agree its the family and friends that are serving the life sentances, my thoughts go out to them
life should mean life and i agree its the family and friends that are serving the life sentances, my thoughts go out to them Karenrstevens
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4:37pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Family Bloke says...

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
Stupideditor wrote:
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens.

Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
".... the judge warned Marsh that he would not automatically be released once he served 26 years and he would only be freed when he is considered to no longer be a threat to the public." No automatic release or parole in this case. This is not about human rights. That is the Law that exists but Judges can recommend as in this case....

The people who have a life sentence are the mum, sister and son of Stephanie. What a terrible thing to have to live with :( I hope they can find some comfort in that this monster is behind bars, however, that will never take away the pain that they feel, my heart goes out to them :(
What the judge has done is given this vile creature an I.P.P (In the Public Protection) sentence, this is not a recommendation,

You are correct FMG2 he will be held for 26 years straight off the bat, even before they think of any form of release, whether automatic or parole,(which won't happen) basically it means doctors will decide if he can walk the streets again, not a parole board, which I don't think they will, it would take a brave quack to let this thing out of jail, even tough I think it will be held in a soft therapeutic prison.

I hope Stephanie's family can find solace and comfort knowing this thing is behind bars for a very long time, probably and hopefully forever, my thoughts and heart goes to them all.
[quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)[/p][/quote]".... the judge warned Marsh that he would not automatically be released once he served 26 years and he would only be freed when he is considered to no longer be a threat to the public." No automatic release or parole in this case. This is not about human rights. That is the Law that exists but Judges can recommend as in this case.... The people who have a life sentence are the mum, sister and son of Stephanie. What a terrible thing to have to live with :( I hope they can find some comfort in that this monster is behind bars, however, that will never take away the pain that they feel, my heart goes out to them :([/p][/quote]What the judge has done is given this vile creature an I.P.P (In the Public Protection) sentence, this is not a recommendation, You are correct FMG2 he will be held for 26 years straight off the bat, even before they think of any form of release, whether automatic or parole,(which won't happen) basically it means doctors will decide if he can walk the streets again, not a parole board, which I don't think they will, it would take a brave quack to let this thing out of jail, even tough I think it will be held in a soft therapeutic prison. I hope Stephanie's family can find solace and comfort knowing this thing is behind bars for a very long time, probably and hopefully forever, my thoughts and heart goes to them all. Family Bloke
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4:39pm Wed 1 Dec 10

sotonbusdriver says...

Why are we wasting £300pw of taxpayers money keeping this guy in prison for the rest of his natural life.
It would be good reason to re-instate the DEATH PENALTY in this country again.. Saving money time and space.
Why are we wasting £300pw of taxpayers money keeping this guy in prison for the rest of his natural life. It would be good reason to re-instate the DEATH PENALTY in this country again.. Saving money time and space. sotonbusdriver
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4:55pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Roy S says...

sotonbusdriver, I completely agree with you, but sadly since you and I are in a minority, why not bring in 'Hard Labour' for these crimes so that the criiminal actually pays for his bed and board by actual hard physical work. This could be the traditional breaking of rocks, or moving a rockpile form A to B, then B to A...
Then if he doesnt work, reduce his food...AND dont talk to me about his human rights, what about the two murdered peoples rights?
sotonbusdriver, I completely agree with you, but sadly since you and I are in a minority, why not bring in 'Hard Labour' for these crimes so that the criiminal actually pays for his bed and board by actual hard physical work. This could be the traditional breaking of rocks, or moving a rockpile form A to B, then B to A... Then if he doesnt work, reduce his food...AND dont talk to me about his human rights, what about the two murdered peoples rights? Roy S
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5:01pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Cyber-Fug says...

Fingers crossed that this vile piece of scum is either found hanging in his cell or preferably stabbed or beaten to death !
Fingers crossed that this vile piece of scum is either found hanging in his cell or preferably stabbed or beaten to death ! Cyber-Fug
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5:15pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Poppy22 says...

Stupideditor wrote:
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?
[quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)[/p][/quote]And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people? Poppy22
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5:19pm Wed 1 Dec 10

freefinker says...

Poppy22 wrote:
Stupideditor wrote:
Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)
And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?
I suggest you learn the difference between concurrent and consecutive.
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stupideditor[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, 2 life sentances but there is a posibility he could be out in 26 years. Soryy but to me life is life i.e. meaning till you die not when it is deemed that he may be safe around law abiding citizens. Eye for an eye!(bloody human rights)[/p][/quote]And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?[/p][/quote]I suggest you learn the difference between concurrent and consecutive. freefinker
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5:19pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Poppy22 says...

And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?
And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people? Poppy22
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5:22pm Wed 1 Dec 10

freefinker says...

Poppy22 wrote:
And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?
.. and that is a consecutive post.
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?[/p][/quote].. and that is a consecutive post. freefinker
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5:32pm Wed 1 Dec 10

edsoton says...

My thoughts go out to the family and I really hope the little boy is given all the help he will need, he must be traumatised by this
My thoughts go out to the family and I really hope the little boy is given all the help he will need, he must be traumatised by this edsoton
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5:44pm Wed 1 Dec 10

a and e says...

by rights that should dangle in a noose ,may it rot in hell.
by rights that should dangle in a noose ,may it rot in hell. a and e
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6:18pm Wed 1 Dec 10

sotonbusdriver says...

Roy S wrote:
sotonbusdriver, I completely agree with you, but sadly since you and I are in a minority, why not bring in 'Hard Labour' for these crimes so that the criiminal actually pays for his bed and board by actual hard physical work. This could be the traditional breaking of rocks, or moving a rockpile form A to B, then B to A... Then if he doesnt work, reduce his food...AND dont talk to me about his human rights, what about the two murdered peoples rights?
Maybe the issue of the death penalty should be a part of one of the future party policies for an election.
That might give the public a chance to express their opinion..
[quote][p][bold]Roy S[/bold] wrote: sotonbusdriver, I completely agree with you, but sadly since you and I are in a minority, why not bring in 'Hard Labour' for these crimes so that the criiminal actually pays for his bed and board by actual hard physical work. This could be the traditional breaking of rocks, or moving a rockpile form A to B, then B to A... Then if he doesnt work, reduce his food...AND dont talk to me about his human rights, what about the two murdered peoples rights?[/p][/quote]Maybe the issue of the death penalty should be a part of one of the future party policies for an election. That might give the public a chance to express their opinion.. sotonbusdriver
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6:54pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Brock_and_Roll says...

With regards to the death penalty, even if it were still to be in force, he would not have gone to the gallows as the judge accepted that he was suffering from a mental disorder so would not have donned the black cap. Horrendous though these crimes were, no civilised society puts mentally ill people to death. I am happy with 26+ years.

The mental illness crime issue is relevant at the moment with the Peter Sutcliffe case/appeal. At the time the jury did not believe he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia - so he would have gone to the gallows if we had the death penalty. Subsequently it was proved that he was a sufferer and ironically though he is quite clearly mentally ill now (I have experience at Broadmoor hospital), his lawyers are using the original "sane" judgement in order to argue that he should serve a fixed term like any other murderer, rather than be detained indefitiely in hospital. Now that is crazy!
With regards to the death penalty, even if it were still to be in force, he would not have gone to the gallows as the judge accepted that he was suffering from a mental disorder so would not have donned the black cap. Horrendous though these crimes were, no civilised society puts mentally ill people to death. I am happy with 26+ years. The mental illness crime issue is relevant at the moment with the Peter Sutcliffe case/appeal. At the time the jury did not believe he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia - so he would have gone to the gallows if we had the death penalty. Subsequently it was proved that he was a sufferer and ironically though he is quite clearly mentally ill now (I have experience at Broadmoor hospital), his lawyers are using the original "sane" judgement in order to argue that he should serve a fixed term like any other murderer, rather than be detained indefitiely in hospital. Now that is crazy! Brock_and_Roll
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6:59pm Wed 1 Dec 10

markthemod says...

I can't belive how all of you can say such nasty vile stuff about him you really should think before you type. What if anthonys mother and family saw these comments how it's gona make her feel she has suffered just as much as the other family and lost her son to the prison system too. And yes I do know his mother and family. So please give consideration to them.
I can't belive how all of you can say such nasty vile stuff about him you really should think before you type. What if anthonys mother and family saw these comments how it's gona make her feel she has suffered just as much as the other family and lost her son to the prison system too. And yes I do know his mother and family. So please give consideration to them. markthemod
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7:09pm Wed 1 Dec 10

soton0406 says...

This is why the death penalty should definately be brought back. If it is 99.9% sure the person did the crime, then they should suffer instead of costing tax payers a fortune that could be spent elsewhere.
Thinking of Stephanie's family at this time, they too are victims. xx
This is why the death penalty should definately be brought back. If it is 99.9% sure the person did the crime, then they should suffer instead of costing tax payers a fortune that could be spent elsewhere. Thinking of Stephanie's family at this time, they too are victims. xx soton0406
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7:12pm Wed 1 Dec 10

soton0406 says...

and also thinking of anthonys family, they are victims too. xx
and also thinking of anthonys family, they are victims too. xx soton0406
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7:40pm Wed 1 Dec 10

forest hump says...

freefinker wrote:
Poppy22 wrote: And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?
.. and that is a consecutive post.
Condescending, sanctimonious and self-righteous spring to mind. I would guess you might be one of the lily-livered liberals who would say this person needs help and not execution?
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: And when did "life" mean only 13 years if it's supposed to be "two concurrent life sentences"? When are the government going to start listening to public opinion on these ridiculously short sentences. And, yes, the death penalty should be brought back for such crimes, though I still think that in this case Broadmoor would seem to be a better place for any sentence, not prison, as how are prisons expected to cope with mentally ill people?[/p][/quote].. and that is a consecutive post.[/p][/quote]Condescending, sanctimonious and self-righteous spring to mind. I would guess you might be one of the lily-livered liberals who would say this person needs help and not execution? forest hump
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8:10pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Cyber-Fug says...

Losing family members to a cold blooded murderer can hardly be put in the same category as a family member who is "lost" because he carried out these heinous crimes.

I stand by my earlier comments !
Losing family members to a cold blooded murderer can hardly be put in the same category as a family member who is "lost" because he carried out these heinous crimes. I stand by my earlier comments ! Cyber-Fug
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1:35pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Hannibal Lecture says...

wizzle wrote:
How can you have a mental disorder at the time? How convenient! I suppose hes ok now then! Well Justice has finally been done at last, may he rot in jail!
My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Stephanie and Lili, may they rest in peace.
What bit of "mental disorder at the time" do you not understand? It's no different to having a broken arm "at the time", but not later.

I'm not buying his "the voices told me to do it!" plea, either, but it is perfectly possible for a mental disorder to be temporary.
[quote][p][bold]wizzle[/bold] wrote: How can you have a mental disorder at the time? How convenient! I suppose hes ok now then! Well Justice has finally been done at last, may he rot in jail! My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Stephanie and Lili, may they rest in peace.[/p][/quote]What bit of "mental disorder at the time" do you not understand? It's no different to having a broken arm "at the time", but not later. I'm not buying his "the voices told me to do it!" plea, either, but it is perfectly possible for a mental disorder to be temporary. Hannibal Lecture
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5:19pm Fri 3 Dec 10

Noway12 says...

markthemod wrote:
I can't belive how all of you can say such nasty vile stuff about him you really should think before you type. What if anthonys mother and family saw these comments how it's gona make her feel she has suffered just as much as the other family and lost her son to the prison system too. And yes I do know his mother and family. So please give consideration to them.
its because he is nasty and vile and his family do not need to read the comments. I have sympathy for them but far more for Stephs family, especially finding their bodies in that way!!!! They have lost a daughter, sister and grandaughter. At least their son/brother is still alive!!!!
[quote][p][bold]markthemod[/bold] wrote: I can't belive how all of you can say such nasty vile stuff about him you really should think before you type. What if anthonys mother and family saw these comments how it's gona make her feel she has suffered just as much as the other family and lost her son to the prison system too. And yes I do know his mother and family. So please give consideration to them.[/p][/quote]its because he is nasty and vile and his family do not need to read the comments. I have sympathy for them but far more for Stephs family, especially finding their bodies in that way!!!! They have lost a daughter, sister and grandaughter. At least their son/brother is still alive!!!! Noway12
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