Father of Sandy Hook victim charged with multiple misdemeanors

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Neil Heslin, father of slain son Jesse Lewis, is facing a personal legal battle of his own. Screen shot via You Tube.

Neil Heslin, father of slain son Jesse Lewis, is facing a personal legal battle of his own. Screen shot via You Tube.

The father of one of the young boys who was shot and killed in December, while attending Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., during a massacre which took 26 lives after a gunman open fired on a classroom of first graders and six school staffers, is facing some criminal charges on Wednesday for alleged crimes that took place in 2011.

Neil Heslin, father of deceased victim Jesse Lewis, has been among Newtown parents who have been highly vocal and openly lobbied for further gun legislation in Washington.

Heslin is part of an iconic photo in which he is holding a portrait of his son as an infant, during a congressional hearing in February. When Heslin spoke in front of Congress, he was seen wiping away tears during a heartbreaking recount of the struggles he’s gone through since his son was savagely murdered.

Heslin’s alleged crimes appear to stem from his struggling construction business and financial issues.

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According to the CT Post, Heslin has gotten himself into legal trouble after he allegedly wrote bad checks, the largest being in the amount of $2,424.00 for building material for his business. The case includes several misdemeanor charges and one class D felony, if convicted. Heslin also has several vehicle violations which include driving with a suspended license, driving without a license plate,  and failing to provide registration or insurance documents after he was stopped by police in July.

Among Heslin’s legal woes, he also reportedly failed to appear before a court scheduled hearing on April 15, drawing criticism from the presiding Judge. It is believed that Heslin was in Washington that day, advocating again for stricter gun laws.

Heslin has declined to comment on the case, referring media sources to his lawyers.

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  • CEHJim

    As sad as it is, this father is an idiot. More gun legislation will only restrict law abiding citizens. We have plenty of gun laws in the US. What we don’t have is Enforcement or these laws. Everyone is reactive and not proactive. Wanna stop a gunman from shooting up a school? Arm and train every teacher.

  • shannon oakley

    $2424.00 in bad checks amounting to several misdemeanors, one a possible Class D felony if convicted, eh? Driving with a suspended license, and no plates? You find this worthy of writing about? This got past the editor? This man has had enough grief in his life without you publishing some frivolous legal woes he is going through. Your not much for decency, are you Mr. Elliot Carmichael? Perhaps a future writing for the National Enquirer is in the cards for you. Yes, you have reached deeply into your pockets of no shame, and here is what you pulled out.

    • Phill

      Regardless of what has happened that does not give him the right to break the law.You are probably the same type of person who sees a cop break the law and thinks that’s alright because he enforces the law. Or thinks it’s alright for a cop to get pulled over for drinking and driving and get a ride home from the officer at the scene because his job requires him to use a vehicle to enforce the law aren’t you? Sad what happened to his child but his child has no baring over him breaking the law nor is it an excuse to give him an out. Pathetic when people use slain children as an excuse regardless of the offense!

      • shannon oakley

        Here Phill, allow me to make it simple for you, no need for you to surmise. I am not the type of person you so readily wish to say I am. Are you the type that feels as though they can read other’s minds, or intentions? Your conjecturing certainly say’s so. But as you have not plainly stated you are, I will refrain from drawing that as a definite conclusion. Yet it is hard not too, for you also state Mr. Heslin went to Washington using his slain child as an excuse to skip court! Do you have an avenue of omniscience not available to others? What are you getting at? What are you trying to say? I’ve not your ability to see into your mind, as apparently you have to know mine, and Mr. Heslin’s. I can only ascertain from what you write. Note to you Phill; try using the spelling “bearing,” not “baring,” when you used as you meant too. Use “baring” when you are reading peoples minds. Example: Someone wrote a post which Phill read, unbeknown to the writer of said post, their soul was now “bare” to Phill.

        • Phill

          Way to typo while correcting someones grammar.And you have proven my point about yourself to a T. By the way I can thank smart phone for my typo,Grammar Nazi,how about yourself?*others,*says *minds or intentions(no need for a “,”..K i’m tired of comparing my smart phone typo to your inaccurate assumptions about your intellect.And it would be “unbeknownst” due to the fact it was past tense due to you using the word read and not “was reading”. And it should have stated “Phill has read,”. Can you stop with the self righteous attitude now please?

        • Phill

          Oh and before I forget.Even though,yes it was a typo..here you go.Please read #8.Thank you and have a good night,Ms. Webster’s all knowing dictionary of inaccurate knowledge!

          bare 2 (bâr)

          v. Archaic

          A past tense of bear1.

          ———————————————

          bear 1 (bâr)

          v. bore (bôr, br), borne (bôrn, brn) or born (bôrn), bear·ing, bears

          v.tr.

          1. To hold up; support.

          2. To carry from one place to another; transport.

          3. To carry in the mind; harbor: bear a grudge.

          4. To transmit at large; relate: bearing glad tidings.

          5. To have as a visible characteristic: bore a scar on the left arm.

          6. To have as a quality; exhibit: “A thousand different shapes it bears” (Abraham Cowley).

          7. To carry (oneself) in a specified way; conduct: She bore herself with dignity.

          8. To be accountable for; assume: bearing heavy responsibilities.

          9. To have a tolerance for; endure: couldn’t bear his lying.

          10. To call for; warrant: This case bears investigation.

  • Sharon Anderson

    Heslin is a public figure, it is legitimate for the media to explore his credibility. Obviously his apologists don’t care about his background anyway, so he suffers no real harm among his supporters. If you think it’s a non-story then why read it?

    • Balkingpoints

      Heslin bouncing checks, has zero association with stopping lunatics from murdering people with guns made legal by the NRA . Get real

      • Sharon Anderson

        Media reports on Heslin bouncing checks also has zero association with lunatics murdering people. Get real.

    • shannon oakley

      Why is Mr. Heslin a public figure Sharon? Is it because he was one of the unfortunate parents of a brutally slain child? Why yes, that’s why. Sharon, how does one determine if an article is not worthy of print, if it is not read? I’ll let you answer that one. And if you do ponder in an ethical objective manner, please let me know how you can feel good about yourself, that another human being, suffering from the loss of a child (surely one of the worst pains a person can suffer) now has a hack writing about them over legal matters yet to be resolved? What’s your agenda? Are you the type that enjoys pouring salt onto anothers’ wound? Are you incapable of empathy? I should ask maybe not you, for right above your post and mine, is a most capable psychic by the name of Phill. Yes, perhaps Phill can enlighten us about you.

  • fdl123

    Critical thinking would require that this be looked at and taken into account in light of the public/political discourse at hand. Of course; critical thinking would require the emotion be removed from the analysis as well.

  • NHYankee

    Hmmmm….. I wonder if Ms Oakley would be so offended if he had been a vocal pro-gun advocate. I don’t think so. Would she consider it frivolous if he had stiffed her for $2424 in materials. I don’t think so. I am very sorry that he lost a child, but this man apparently has no regard for the law or court system, and therefore has no business advocating for new laws for other people to follow. Thank you Mr. Carmichael for bring this to the public’s attention.

    • Anpadh

      I don’t think it matters on which side of the gun debate you stand. Writing bad cheques is, of course, wrong. So is speeding. But writing bad cheques for a few thousand dollars is very different from embezzling money or robbing a bank. To say that he has no regard for the law or the court system is definitely a stretch. The fact is, he has a lawyer and he is acknowledging his mistakes. People do make mistakes. That’s just human. Refusing to acknowledge your errors and/or running away is irresponsible.

      • NHYankee

        Acknowledging your mistakes is to show up in court when summoned, not go to Washington instead.

        • Anpadh

          You don’t always have to go to court when you have an attorney to represent you.

          • NHYankee

            According to the article, NOBODY showed in court.

  • Balkingpoints

    #NRA #Sandyhook #news / Moral of the Story ; We have laws for operating cars and writing checks, but none that stop Adam Lanza from carrying an AR-15…

    • CEHJim

      Yeah, and we should make drugs illegal too, because criminals always obey the law.

    • Phill

      I think there was a law in place the made it illegal for him to kill his mother and take her guns.Just sayin’.