William Hughes, Marcus Miller and Stephen Bonallie
Behold the brave faces of these three brave heroes – 21-year-old William Hughes, 16-year-old Marcus Miller and 17-year-old Stephen Bonallie!
Despite the dangers they faced, despite the public outcry that would dissuade most humans, despite the damage to their own fists, these three individuals overcame all obstacles and managed to beat 23-year-old Brent Martin unconscious in the middle of the street on the 23rd of August, 2007.
Out on his own since May, Brent Martin, a mentally disabled man who had lived a large portion of his life in mental hospitals, had spent over 3000 pounds that he’d saved up in order to make some friends.
As Brent Martin was walking past William Hughes, Marcus Miller and Stephen Bonallie, a bet was proposed.
Stephen Bonallie, who had trained as a boxer, didn’t think Marcus Miller could knock the muppet out with one punch. Marcus Miller, who had also trained as a boxer, disagreed, and told Stephen that 5 pounds said he could knock out Brent before Stephen could.
Stephen took that bet, and the pair, along with William Hughes, walked towards a mentally-handicapped, good-natured guy who always had a smile on his face, and started to lay into him.
After the first several punches, Brent Martin was probably a bit confused. He thought these guys were his friends. He had hung out with them before, gotten along with them previously…maybe they were just mad.
He didn’t want to fight.
He loved them.
So he ran from them.
He ran a mile and a half, with William Hughes, Marcus Miller and Stephen Bonallie on his tail, kicking at him, knocking him down and punching him when they could, in a manner reminiscent of a pack of wolves running down their prey.
Like an elk that a wolf pack has targeted for dinner, Brent Martin didn’t stand a chance.
The three finally cornered Brent Martin, who tried to shake hands with his tormentors as they began to kick, head-butt and hit him. Brent Martin told them that he loved them and begged them to stop hitting him.
He cried as one of the three slammed him into a car hard enough to make a large dent.
He sobbed as they stomped on his head while he was lying on the ground.
After some particularly savage kicks, Brent Martin lost consciousness and the three brave heroes posed for photographs before walking away and leaving Brent (who had also had his pants taken off) lying next to a parked car.
Witnesses to the event called emergency services, who took Brent Martin to a hospital. He never regained consciousness and died two days later as a result of his brain injuries.
According to witnesses, once the three had realized that Brent Martin was dead, Stephen Bonallie stated:
I am not going down for a muppet.
But Stephen Bonallie did go down, after a trial where he was found guilty in January of 2008.
William Hughes, who happens to be a father of two, pled guilty, as did Marcus Miller.
Marcus Miller’s lawyer, Ben Nolan, pled for mercy in sentencing, stating that Marcus had an IQ of 79 or so and that alcohol was responsible for his actions. Ben Nolan stated:
Alcohol is readily available at all times of day and night at a ridiculously low cost.
Yes, it’s always that demon rum that causes problems, isn’t it?
The judge, who was not impressed with the heroism of William Hughes, Marcus Miller or Stephen Bonallie, sentenced them all to lengthy prison terms.
William Hughes will be in prison for 22 years before he is eligible for parole. Stephen Bonallie will be in prison for 18 years before he’s considered for parole. And poor, retarded Marcus Miller might be given parole after 15 years in the joint.
Civilized society will miss them.
Do William Hughes, Marcus Miller and Stephen Bonallie deserve Hell?
- Yes (97%, 259 Votes)
- No (3%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 266
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