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Boy, 12, Convicted of Killing Neo-Nazi Father

By Don Terry on January 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

The tragedy of the racist and the son is now complete.

A California judge found a 12-year-old boy guilty today of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Jeff Hall, a West Coast leader of one of the country’s largest neo-Nazi groups, the National Socialist Movement. The boy was just 10 when he shot his father in the head with a .357 Magnum at point-blank range as Hall lay sleeping on a sofa in the family’s living room in the early morning hours of May 1, 2011.

The fact that the son killed the father was not in dispute in the Riverside County, Calif., trial. Indeed, the case turned on the question of why the little boy pulled the trigger and whether he was able to know right from wrong.

The defense argued that Hall, an unemployed plumber, had abused the child over the years – physically and psychologically. Hall raised his son in a household soaked in racist hate. He reportedly took the boy to numerous white supremacist rallies and meetings. According to The New York Times article published shortly after Hall’s death, the neo-Nazi “relished heading to the desert on armed ‘border patrols,’” and bragged “that he was teaching his son to use night vision equipment and shoot a gun.”

Before the start of the trial, the boy’s public defender, Matthew Hardy, told The New York Times, “He’s been conditioned to violence.’’

“You have to ask yourself,” Hardy continued, “did this kid really know that this act was wrong based on all those things.”

But the prosecutor, Michael Soccio, told the newspaper that the boy killed his father because he was angry at being punished and spanked at a party the day before.

“There’s a sweet side to him,” the prosecutor admitted to the paper. “What he did, had it been done by anybody older, there would be no doubt that it was murder.

“It’s planned,” he continued. “It’s premeditated. It was carried out in a cold killing fashion. It’s murder.”

The trial began late last year but was postponed for several weeks until early January to give a psychologist more time to interview the child. He was tried without a jury before Judge Jean P. Leonard.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 15 after a disposition hearing based on probation and psychological reports, according to the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif. Afterward, the judge could order the boy held in a juvenile detention facility or specialized group home until he’s 23.

  • ron

    the father was probably beating this child so he no other choice but to end all the violence. dumb prick probably deserved it too.

  • Sam C.

    I can’t believe that a ten year old boy can do this to his father, but the whole thing is the parent gave his child a hate feeling so that’s why father became the victim because he was teaching or working on that hate and how to use gun a those tricks! It is just unbelievable… I wish we can keep all those feelings aways from children because they are minor and can not distinguish what is good and what is bad so they used what they have learned. In general all of those feelings should not exists regardless of their age.

  • aadila

    This is a perfect example of a case where rehabilitation should be the primary goal of sentencing rather than punishment in America. Deterrents obviously weren’t effective when was was needed were better and more agile social services before the crime occured.

    He’s still young enough and impressionable enough to understand the errors he made that a twelve year old really doesn’t have the life experience to process. If he goes into yet another hellish juvi detention facility, I can almost guarantee he’ll come out a sociopath and end up the rest of his life in jail.

    And that’s the real tragedy because even the prosecutors see the kid has virtues.

  • ThomasFrazee

    I see alot of compassion expressed here. Obviously the father was not well, Either before or after becomming a member of that group. Therefore, the Child can’t be rehabilitated, because he never lived in a sane household. He needs the care he has never received, to adjust to Our “sane” world. He’d already done 10 years, before his crime. Perhaps a new trial, with a change of venue, by people not in the box. Unfortunately, the arm’s manufacturers are too many people’s Department of Education. “Fear and Loathing” in América! Tom

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    This child doesn’t need punishment, but absolute Love. This young man went through enough punishment in his life, he doesn’t need any more. I am surprised at the judge who sentenced him. He is the one to receive punishment, not the boy. Love will turn this boy around. Not jail time, not even for a day.

  • The Other Dave

    I would love to see a transcript of the court proceedings. I would rather BE there to hear the kid describe his father.

  • TC

    California group homes are not known for their civilizing effect. I do hope he gets some help though and is able to live a satisfying life.

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  • Roger B.

    It doesn’t matter why the poor kid killed that wacko. The great thing is he did us all a favor by cleaning up another piece of trash. The father, and I use that term loosely in this case trained his boy well in the use of guns didn’t he. Live by the sword die by the sword. I hope they can help the poor kid. At least he don’t have to live with that creep anymore.

  • Bente Susanne Hansen

    Teaching the boy to hate is child abuse, and nobody should keep weapons within the reach of a child. I don´t condone violence, but I must say: You reap what you sow!

  • Reynardine

    And *that* being said, Aron, he should not have raised his son in a climate of violence and abuse.

  • Aron

    Poor kid. I hope he is able to get the help he so desperately needs. And as much as I abhor the father’s ideology, I feel terrible for his dying in such an horrific manner.

    That being said, he should have locked up his damned guns.

  • Eliana

    It should be noted that Joseph has had previous acts of violence prior to his father becoming a nazi. Speaking as a responsible gun owner, Jeff had no business keeping a firearm in his home, considering the mental illness/past behavior of his child.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Neo-Nazis have various psychological manifestations associated with their racist mentality. The neo-Nazi father was not a responsible gun owner, soley because of the paranoia and fear they live with everyday. That paranoid state comes from vehement thoughts of being ambushed by his racist enemies, rivals and so on. So he leaves his guns lying around the house.

    Since neo-Nazis are not much different from street gangs. They should be incorporated as such. Neo-Nazis are naturally criminals and therefore, they shall not be in possession of guns. This should be a part of the gun control initiatives.

  • Matthew Bright

    In reply to Dave Lance — I’m afraid responsible people, especially parents, don’t dress up in black Death’s Head SS uniforms each morning and invite Nazis over to the house and scream Sieg Heil while calling for the extermination of world Jewry.

    The victim was a maniac and I’m sure someone who any ten year old would find more than a little frightening.

    I can’t believe this kid was convicted of murder.

  • concernedcitizen

    Yes robin what you have said is true and it’s very sad that any idiot can be a parent in this country. It is society that pays for all the trash they put into these poor children.

    He became a product of the hate his parents instilled into him.

  • Matthew Bright

    At least he’ll get out relatively soon and hopefully get some serious therapy while in custody, assuming such a thing is available.

    Then again, the fact that a ten year old is even put on trial for shooting his SS uniform wearing, goose stepping maniac of a father is frightening in itself. You simply cannot be raised by someone spouting the wonderful world of genocide and not come out a mess of monumental proportions.

  • Julie McClanahan

    Maybe the boy killed his father because he disagreed with his father’s beliefs and way of life and wanted him to have no more influence on other people. Maybe he was trying to save the world.

  • Sam Molloy

    Dave, there was a case on the wealthy side of Louisville that bears repeating. Nearby neighbors reported fully automatic gunfire being heard. An upstanding citizen that has a Federal license for such was questioned, Keep in mind, the license for these costs thousands of dollars every year and they go through expensive ammo like crazy. His cabinet was securely locked. As it turned out, his nearly adult son figured out how to remove and replace the hinge pins, leaving the doors locked, and invited a few friends over for some nighttime shooting when his dad was away. Nobody was injured.

  • Reynardine

    Robin, I have worked with such kids. It’s not easy, but it’s doable.

  • Robin

    What I’m worried about is that if this child’s brain has been programmed with hate and violence to the point it can not be rehabilitated. I’ve heard some studies that say the values you learn up through age 8 or 9 are the core ones which will never leave you through out life.

  • Dave Lance

    Responsible gun owners: An oppressive government is not what will shoot you in the head while you are asleep. It is in your self interest to buy a gun safe, put all your assault weapons and clips in it, and keep the combination from your children.

  • linda123

    Proves something that I’ve said for years–That child you are beating today is one day going to be big enough to pick up a bat. To pick up a two by four. Or, to pick up a gun. And god help you then.

  • Erika

    Hopefully the judge in this case focuses more on rehabilitation than punishment – but too often even juvenile court hearings have moved to punishment only and removed any thought of rehabilitation. All punishment would do would be to release him back into the world with a whole lot of anger and resentment.

  • Mitch Beales

    Talk about reaping what you sow! I hope that Judge Leonard is wise and just and will hand down a sentence which might allow this child’s life to be salvaged. Perhaps Hall will get credit for time served in the prison of violence and hate his father created. “Responsible gun owners” take note.