Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rural Jefferson County man sentenced for shooting his half-brother during argument over washing dishes

August 18, 2011


A judge Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old Jefferson County man to serve a 31-month prison sentence for shooting his a relative in an argument over dirty dishes, law enforcement officials said.

Bryan E. Poeverlein pleaded guilty in June to reckless aggravated battery and aggravated assault and admitted to shooting his 22-year-old half-brother in February at their home north of Lawrence. Poeverlein was initially charged with attempted second-degree murder in the case. Jefferson County Attorney Robert Fox has said Poeverlein retrieved a pistol and fired two shots after the argument had escalated. One bullet struck the victim, who has been recovering from his injuries, prosecutors have said. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at their residence in the 1700 block of Wellman Road, about 8 miles north of Lawrence. Another witness was also in the home at the time.

Poeverlein has been in the Jefferson County Jail since his arrest shortly after the incident.


Agnostick 6 years, 10 months ago

No joy in that household, is there? Sure, the dishes were dirty, but the poor brother's soul was white as ivory. Why shoot him? Now, a man is in jail, and there's a cascade of sadness and sorrow over a suffering family. Life for the jailed brother won't be easy--but each day brings a new dawn, and sunlight.

classclown 6 years, 10 months ago

What relevance does pointing out that they are 'half brothers' have to the story?

I have a sister that has a different father than I do. Technically yes, she is my half sister. But I don't think of her or have ever introduced her or spoke of her that way. She is simply my sister.

The fact that we only share one parent means nothing.

I imagine it was that way with the men in the story as well. Yet this paper insists on pointing out that they were only half brothers as if the fact that they only share one common parent and not two is the root of the problem.

Angela Heili 6 years, 10 months ago

You may not introduce her as your half sister, but someone apparently introduced these guys as half brothers, which is a fact and in journalism the facts are reported. More than likely the men themselves described each other as half brothers. The LJWorld didn't include the fact to insult all the half siblings out there. They just reported the facts. I certainly didn't get the impression from the article that their being half siblings was the root of the problem.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 10 months ago

That is what the fight was about? Dishes?!?!? Wow, hope the guy can grow up a little while he's in jail.

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