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May 182013
 

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.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-poconos-hit-run-death-brother-charged-20130514,0,6688057.story

http://wnep.com/2013/05/14/man-charged-in-hit-and-run-death-of-his-brother/

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.
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/phillipsburg/index.ssf/2011/03/former_warren_hills_regional_h.html

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.
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  5 Responses to “Man runs over and kills brother Kyle and William "Billy" Risko

  1. Isn’t it just typical that the sibling who was most responsible, who tried to prevent his brother from driving drunk, is the one who not only gets killed but also has NOBODY to stand up for him?

    The family stands up for the guilty one rather than the innocent victim because that’s the way it always goes in a family of narcissists. I’ve experienced this enough times personally.

    It just doesn’t pay to try to take on responsibility for someone who is set on self destruction, because they will destroy you instead. The brother, William, should have just called the cops on his drunk-driving brother.

  2. BTW, I found his facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/kyle.risko

    And his favorite band is called Seas of Wake, who have this quote from their album:

    “It’s okay to deny a human of life, I’d call it love – we were all born suicidal.” -Dying of Humanity

    Kind of tells us a little about his attitude, doesn’t it?

    Reminds me of my sister, “Skylar, it’s okay to be evil.”
    *shaking my head*

  3. Wow, Sky, you know the parents as I see it are ENABLERS to the N-th degree….trying to prevent their baby boy getting the consequences for his crime, and I do view it as a CRIME as I think whatever you do while you are drunk or high is just as much your fault as if you were sober and did it.

    While I think people CAN and DO change, sober up, etc. even AA and NA and other 12 step programs talk about ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY for your past actions.

    I’m gonna guess that the reason it took so long to press charges is the parents were pulling some kind of strings to save their baby boy. Just a guess.

    I just finished reading a book last night written by a very literate inmate in Texas, he’s been in prison 3 times, and knows the ropes and writes this book for the families of inmates and he seems to show a lot of insight, at least intellectually, into why people go back, and the dysfunction of families. His wife is apparently supportive and is standing by her man if the book is to be believed. He has done a total of 21 years when he wrote the book. It pretty well summed up what I had learned through my years of visiting and talking to Patrick about what life was like behind bars.

    While that book is specific to Texas rules and regulations, I imagine a lot of i t is true across the country, or in any prison for that matter.

  4. It was my interpretation that Kyle and the family had “already suffered enough” and didn’t want to experience the added drama/trauma of a criminal trial and the possible incarceration of Kyle. This is the most outrageous notion imaginable, in my opinion.

    Who actually WANTS to lose an offspring to a drunk driver, much less that one offspring kills another in a drunken and drug-induced stupor? NOBODY “wants” this to happen to them. Conscientious human beings will acknowledge that someone may be “sorry” for having taken another person’s life, but they will accept the fact that there must be CONSEQUENCES for stupidity, regardless of how contrite someone might be.

    I do not know this family or their dynamics, but it’s crystal clear to me that they are, at the very LEAST permissive enablers, and possibly horribly disordered. How could ANY of these people wake up each morning, look at their reflections in a mirror, and simply go on about their daily lives when one son killed their other son by smashing his cranium on the pavement with the tire of a motor vehicle? “Demanding justice,” here isn’t the issue. CONSEQUENCES for stupidity IS.

    As a strict aside and off-topic, there are reruns of a tremendous series titled, “Judging Amy,” which centers around a Family Court Judge, the cases that she hears, and the difficult decisions that she’s faced with on a daily basis. One of the episodes involved a 20-year-old man who killed a homeless man in a hit-and-run when he was 16 and under the influence of alcohol. The testimony of this trial reflected a superior student, active community volunteer, and so forth – many, many “good” things that this young man had done after he ran down the homeless man while driving drunk and underaged. The young man had developed into a “model” citizen and the Judge’s decision went like this: yes, he had “overcome” his decision to drive drunk and kill someone while under the influence. And, this fact disturbed the Judge – he had THRIVED after killing someone in a single act of stupidity. He had presented NONE of the common symptoms of guilt or shame for the death of another human being: insomnia, depression, etc. Instead, this young man NEVER LOOKED BACK. As a result of this, the Judge delivered a harsh sentence in prison, as an adult.

    It’s not about whether a person is “sorry” for what they did. It’s about remorse and paying consequences for their actions, and I’m simply flabbergasted at this adamant refusal to acknowledge and accept consequences in tandem with remorse.

    Just………………………………………wow

  5. That is a very interesting judgment, I wish I had cable so I could watch that, might be able to find it on DVD somewhere. I will see what I can find.

    Of course I can see that the family may have thought they had “suffered enough” but this is not about the parents’ suffering, it is about consequences, and I am sure that they will be upset if and when the prison doors slam shut on Kyle, but HE is the one responsible.

    It is true, it HURTS BADLY when we lose a son or daughter to crime, bad decisions, etc. but that doesn’t mean that they should have a skate for crime.

    Bad behavior effects everyone connected with the OFFENDER, and that’s the truth, but IF Kyle has remorse and has straightened up his behavior, then he can be a good person while he is in prison and when he gets out.

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