AZ Justice? Short time for major crime

As Americans await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage, Obamacare,  Arizona’s challenge to the so-called “independent” congressional redistricting commission and other issues under consideration, Valley residents can ponder the odd sentence handed down closer to home last week by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Welty.

Vrouyr Manoukian, a cocky 24-year old who reportedly entered the courtroom smiling and waving at his family, killed his roommate Matthew McMaster, 24, in July 2013. According to this news report, McMaster died of blunt-force trauma to his head. His body was set on fire and dumped in the desert.

Manoukian was convicted of negligent homicide and abandonment of a body. While awaiting trial, he was jailed for 740 days. That time will count toward his paltry 4 ½ year sentence —- giving him roughly 2 ½ more years in prison.

Judge Welty determined  the aggravating factors in the case were the harm done to McMaster’s family, the fact that another roommate, Randall Lee Young, acted as an accomplice, and the evidence that McMaster’s body was dumped and burned beyond recognition. Young, who has an extensive criminal history, was charged with a probation-only offense.

The mitigating factors? Manoukian’s lack of criminal history, his “sniffling” display of remorse, and his acceptance of responsibility for his actions.

Welty was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

8 Responses to AZ Justice? Short time for major crime

  1. Maggie says:

    “The harm done to McMaster’s family?” Of course they suffer. But what about the “harm done to the victim himself? Losing your life is the ultimate “harm.”

  2. Frankly Speaking says:

    The murderer was caught and the evidence obviously pointed to him. What choice did he have other than to “accept responsibility“? What crap!!

  3. LD 23 PC says:

    We need to remember this judge’s name.

    • Villanova says:

      It won’t matter if you remember his name. He won’t be on the retention ballot for another couple of years. The retention ballot is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors sham that was solely devised to make the voters think they actually have a voice in this deceptive process, which they don’t. It’s purely politics as usual.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        “If our vote really mattered, they wouldn’t let us do it.”
        Mark Twain

  4. American Dad says:

    This is a plea deal gone horribly wrong. I’m disgusted!

  5. Doc says:

    This schmuck’ll probably be th’ judge in the mcFlake matter….

  6. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Vrouyr Manoukian was walking among us for almost a year before he was arrested. I read that the victim had just moved to AZ from Lake Tahoe shortly before he was viciously and heinously murdered.

    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/vrouyr-manoukian-arrested-nearly-a-year-after-burned-body-found-in-northwest-phoenix