Killer stopped from getting parole by Irish victim's brother
Jamie Carr was eligible for parole this coming January and would have been freed but for Breen White’s intervention
The revoked parole was music to White’s ears.
“I’ll be back again in two years with the same objection, and I will keep coming back until his maximum sentence is served,” said White.
What really angered White and his family back in Ireland, particularly his mother and father, was Carr’s lack of remorse. Not once in the 12 years of time served, or even at the trial, did Carr show say he regretted what he did.
“He never once said he was sorry,” adds White.
The night of the murder, Carr, of Howard Beach, was in the Queens Boulevard area with a friend. The pair were making fake IDs in a store next to O’Hanlon’s Bar.
Carr wandered into the bar asking for change of a $100 bill and two bottles of beer to go. He was refused.
A brawl broke out which, according to Breen, Francis White had nothing to do with. Carr was removed from the bar by the owner, Sean O'Hanlon, and bartender on duty that night, Tom Shannon.
Not long after, White, accompanied by another man, left O’Hanlon’s. Carr, bursting with anger, saw White and began beating his fists off his car, calling on the Irishman to come and fight him.
“Francis didn’t want any trouble,” said Breen.
According to witnesses, White waved Carr away, wanting nothing to do with him.
However, Carr reached into his car, picked up a knife and ran after the Dundalk man, subsequently stabbing him 13 times, first in the throat.
“It was the knife into the kidneys that probably killed him in the end,” said White sadly.
Carr, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the 1996 attack, was released on bail.
However, exactly a year to the date after he murdered White, Carr was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine in Valley Stream. He was then held without bail until his court trial in February 1998.
White’s parents, his two sisters and Breen all attended Carr’s trial. It lasted over a week.
“We were hoping to get murder one but in the end he got done for first degree manslaughter. Really, it was thanks to Dan Saunders. He was a great help at the time,” said Breen.
White recalls clearly the devastating effect losing a son in such tragic circumstances has had on his parents.
“It’s hard enough losing a child but to something like this, just awful,” he said.
“My mother and my father will never be the same. Francis was really just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Although White and his family will have to live with the memories of Francis’ death every day, they find some comfort in the fact that his killer remains behind bars for a few more years.
“We are happy with that at least,” said White.
“It will have to do.”
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