In March of 2011, Kyle Risko and his brother William were out drinking in bars to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. When they went to leave, William tried his best to prevent Kyle from driving drunk. Instead, Kyle ran over William’s head and killed him. Then Kyle said that someone else had run over “Billy” and it was a hit and run.
The articles don’t go into detail why it took over two years to charge Kyle who killed William, as Kyle denied he did it at first but then 9 days after the death, admitted that he did it. Evidence later showed enough to get the district attorney interested in the case, but not until two years had gone by.
Usually in a case like this, there’s a family demanding justice, wanting to get something done, wanting to punish somebody. In this case, the family is definitely not asking for this to be done. The district attorney is doing this against the family’s wishes,” said defense attorney Michael Ventrella.
This 2011 article tells about the crime according to Kyle’s first version of the story.
Why would a family be supportive of a man who got so drunk and high on cocaine that he ran over and killed his brother who was trying to stop him from driving? Why try to keep him from suffering the just consequences of his behavior?
I wish I had a definitive answer to that question, but if and when Kyle goes to prison, and frankly, I hope he goes to prison and for an extended period of time, I expect that his parents will be there every visiting day, waiting in line with all the other parents and families to go inside the prison to visit them.
Oh, he was drunk, he didn’t mean to do it” might be an excuse the family might use to validate why they are standing by Kyle. Or, “I’ve already lost one son, I can’t lose another one.” Might be another excuse.
But that should not mean he skates on the consequences of what he has done.
There are thousands of excuses, but few reasons, why we stand by the heinous offenders in our family. I know, I’ve used them all to keep me writing daily to my son Patrick, sending commissary money, driving hundreds of miles to visit him for nearly 20 years.
My heart and prayers go out to these parents who lost one son already to death. I hope and pray that their son Kyle has demonstrated true remorse by stopping his addictions and by truly repenting of what he did, however, the parents should allow him to suffer the consequences of his actions. Just because we “repent” doesn’t mean we should skate on the consequences. While I do not think prison is functionally “rehabilitative,” I do think that when people break the law there should be consequences, and this young man killed his brother by his irresponsible drinking and drugging.
Story suggested by Family Arrested Reader.