Teens fatally beat homeless man for beer

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Talk about kicking a man when he’s down. Two teens in Granite City, Illinois, have pleaded guilty to fatally beating a homeless man after he refused to buy them beer.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Lee Raines and 18-year-old Brandon Carol Bouck entered their pleas Thursday in Madison County court. In exchange, prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Jensen says testimony would have shown the defendants told a friend about punching and kicking Thomas Muffler in October.

Jensen says Muffler had refused to buy the teens beer. After the beating, the teens stole a 24-ounce can of beer from Muffler.


Authorities say Muffler suffered broken ribs that penetrated a lung.

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  • Lori K.

    I think it’s time that we stop taking “plea bargins” and dropping charges ehen people confess to these crimes. At a very young age we are tought right from wrong, a lie fromt he truth. People need to pay heavily for their crimes and stop getting away with just a smack on the hand and a “now don’t do that again”. What the hell has this country come to. when someone figures it out, please let mw know.