Donald Schlarman, 27, was convicted today on two counts of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Personally, I don’t think that was good enough considering his lengthy record history of violence. He tried to plea self defense. Thankfully the judge saw beyond that failed attempt.
The families of Tyler Bronson and Jeff Fijolek, the two men murdered at the VIP Lounge in Hilliard March 7, 2011, are beside themselves that this man wasn’t sentenced to life.
They held a candlelight vigil tonight at 7pm at the VIP Lounge, the same place Jeff and Tyler were murdered and on the very same day of the murders, March 7th, 2011. I attended the vigil to pay my respects as I am a very good friend of Deca Fijolek’s sister, Wendy.
The whole family has been overwhelmed with over 20 funerals, friends and family members that have passed, this past year and at the vigil, I learned from Wendy that HER boyfriend of 3 years died unexpectedly 3 weeks ago. This family cannot get a break.
My heart goes out to Deca Fijolek and her 2 boys, Jenny Bronson and her son and daughter and now my friend Wendy Branscome. I am so sad, but at the same time, soooo glad that Donald Shlarman did not get off on self defense. Had he not have known his ex-girlfriend was in the bar with her current boyfriend and entered the bar with a knife, this wouldn’t have happened.