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December 19, 2000 | Richard Marosi, (714) 564-1050
Jurors on Monday began deliberating the fate of Buena Park homeowner Peter Solomona, a 49-year-old grandfather accused of murdering a teenage prankster by shooting him in the head with a .357-magnum revolver. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated three hours before breaking for the day. At issue is Solomona's mental state at the moment he fired the shot that killed 17-year-old Brandon Ketsdever. Prosecutors contend Solomona acted intentionally.
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June 2, 2002
Re "Punishment for Killing Pumpkin Thief Is Tough Choice," Dana Parsons, May 26: I'm the father of a son nearing the age of Brandon Ketsdever, who was 17 at the time of his death. My hope is that a societal message is being sent so my son doesn't suffer the same fate as Brandon. Pete T. Solomona avoided conviction on a murder charge. He was armed with a .357 Magnum but declared that he felt threatened. Given that the .357 is a double-action handgun that's not susceptible to accidental firing, what possible argument could there be for anything other than the maximum sentence for Solomona?
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NEWS
June 2, 2002
Re "Punishment for Killing Pumpkin Thief Is Tough Choice," Dana Parsons, May 26: I'm the father of a son nearing the age of Brandon Ketsdever, who was 17 at the time of his death. My hope is that a societal message is being sent so my son doesn't suffer the same fate as Brandon. Pete T. Solomona avoided conviction on a murder charge. He was armed with a .357 Magnum but declared that he felt threatened. Given that the .357 is a double-action handgun that's not susceptible to accidental firing, what possible argument could there be for anything other than the maximum sentence for Solomona?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001
Re "Third Trial in Teen's Killing Over Pumpkin Theft," Dec. 15: Unfortunately, Brandon Ketsdever displayed no respect for others' property and was deliberately destroying and stealing Halloween decorations from private property. These acts proved to be fatal for him. Whether he was not taught respect or he decided to commit these acts on his own, his stupidity ended his life. Peter Solomona let his temper rule his common sense. Instead of making an effort to copy Ketsdever's license plate and calling the police, he elected to grab his .357-magnum revolver, shooting Ketsdever in the head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1999
Like Will Rogers, all I know is what I read in the papers. Letters in the Oct. 31 Times that seemed to justify the shooting of Brandon Ketsdever by Pete Solomona saddened me. They made me wonder how much value to place on property, no matter how minuscule. Both of the individuals involved have been identified as decent human beings. No one justifies theft, but there are gradations of seriousness of thefts. In a time when we debate imposing the death penalty, I think that even proponents would want it reserved for heinous crimes such as rape and murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1999
I was shocked at the ignorance Sean Mill expressed in his Oct. 31 letter. Back in New Jersey when I was growing up, we had a tradition called Mischief Night. On Mischief Night, kids would do innocent pranks like soap windows of cars, steal pumpkins, etc. It occurred the night before Halloween, Oct. 30. Had these boys lived in my neighborhood, it would have all been treated as expected fun-loving behavior. What Brandon Ketsdever and his friends did was a rather mild form of vandalism that did not harm anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001
Re "Third Trial in Teen's Killing Over Pumpkin Theft," Dec. 15: Unfortunately, Brandon Ketsdever displayed no respect for others' property and was deliberately destroying and stealing Halloween decorations from private property. These acts proved to be fatal for him. Whether he was not taught respect or he decided to commit these acts on his own, his stupidity ended his life. Peter Solomona let his temper rule his common sense. Instead of making an effort to copy Ketsdever's license plate and calling the police, he elected to grab his .357-magnum revolver, shooting Ketsdever in the head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park man will be tried a third time on murder charges in the 1999 shooting death of a teenager he said stole Halloween decorations from his front porch, prosecutors said Friday. Peter Solomona, who remains free on $250,000 bail, left the courtroom teary-eyed after Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey set an April 29 trial date. "It's a disappointment that we have to go through this again," said Solomona's attorney, Milton Grimes. "It was an unfortunate accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999
Pete Solomona claims that his shooting of a 17-year-old pumpkin thief was an accident (Oct. 21). I feel very sorry for him and for the family and friends of the dead young man, but accident? The firing of a gun in the hands of an angry man is never an accident. It is as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This is another example of a normal, good, decent man committing a horrible act because he had a gun when he lost his temper. I imagine NRA propagandists will cite this as another example of a householder successfully defending his property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
Concerning your recent articles on the Kennedy High School teenager who was shot and killed over a pumpkin, all I have to say is: too bad. He was stealing. I don't care if that pumpkin cost 30 cents or $3,000. He was stealing. Plain and simple. Who is to say that this man's grandchildren didn't have something to do with the decorations? Now those kids are taking away from children. And to top things off, I can't believe that people are listening to the other kids who were in the car. They were stealing too. All they can tell you is some lame excuse that they thought it was someone else's house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park man will be tried a third time on murder charges in the 1999 shooting death of a teenager he said stole Halloween decorations from his front porch, prosecutors said Friday. Peter Solomona, who remains free on $250,000 bail, left the courtroom teary-eyed after Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey set an April 29 trial date. "It's a disappointment that we have to go through this again," said Solomona's attorney, Milton Grimes. "It was an unfortunate accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2000 | Richard Marosi, (714) 564-1050
Jurors on Monday began deliberating the fate of Buena Park homeowner Peter Solomona, a 49-year-old grandfather accused of murdering a teenage prankster by shooting him in the head with a .357-magnum revolver. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated three hours before breaking for the day. At issue is Solomona's mental state at the moment he fired the shot that killed 17-year-old Brandon Ketsdever. Prosecutors contend Solomona acted intentionally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1999
Like Will Rogers, all I know is what I read in the papers. Letters in the Oct. 31 Times that seemed to justify the shooting of Brandon Ketsdever by Pete Solomona saddened me. They made me wonder how much value to place on property, no matter how minuscule. Both of the individuals involved have been identified as decent human beings. No one justifies theft, but there are gradations of seriousness of thefts. In a time when we debate imposing the death penalty, I think that even proponents would want it reserved for heinous crimes such as rape and murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1999
I was shocked at the ignorance Sean Mill expressed in his Oct. 31 letter. Back in New Jersey when I was growing up, we had a tradition called Mischief Night. On Mischief Night, kids would do innocent pranks like soap windows of cars, steal pumpkins, etc. It occurred the night before Halloween, Oct. 30. Had these boys lived in my neighborhood, it would have all been treated as expected fun-loving behavior. What Brandon Ketsdever and his friends did was a rather mild form of vandalism that did not harm anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
Concerning your recent articles on the Kennedy High School teenager who was shot and killed over a pumpkin, all I have to say is: too bad. He was stealing. I don't care if that pumpkin cost 30 cents or $3,000. He was stealing. Plain and simple. Who is to say that this man's grandchildren didn't have something to do with the decorations? Now those kids are taking away from children. And to top things off, I can't believe that people are listening to the other kids who were in the car. They were stealing too. All they can tell you is some lame excuse that they thought it was someone else's house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999
Pete Solomona claims that his shooting of a 17-year-old pumpkin thief was an accident (Oct. 21). I feel very sorry for him and for the family and friends of the dead young man, but accident? The firing of a gun in the hands of an angry man is never an accident. It is as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This is another example of a normal, good, decent man committing a horrible act because he had a gun when he lost his temper. I imagine NRA propagandists will cite this as another example of a householder successfully defending his property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1999 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A community shaken by the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy sparked by the theft of a plastic pumpkin gathered to remember him Saturday--and to understand why his life was cut short. More than 500 people gathered at the church where Brandon Ketsdever was baptized to mourn for the popular Kennedy High School athlete, known for his sense of humor and pranks. Brandon was one of three teens who stole a Halloween decoration Monday night from the frontyard of a Buena Park homeowner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "The Gun Just Went Off" (Dec. 15): Peter Tavita Solomona's contention that his gun "just went off" when he murdered Brandon Ketsdever over a plastic pumpkin is about as idiotic as pointing a loaded .357 magnum inches from someone's head to "scare them." CRAIG MORROW Costa Mesa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1999 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A community shaken by the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy sparked by the theft of a plastic pumpkin gathered to remember him Saturday--and to understand why his life was cut short. More than 500 people gathered at the church where Brandon Ketsdever was baptized to mourn for the popular Kennedy High School athlete, known for his sense of humor and pranks. Brandon was one of three teens who stole a Halloween decoration Monday night from the frontyard of a Buena Park homeowner.
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