2 Sentenced in Fatal Playground Beating

Joe LaFurgey, WOOD (Grand Rapids), February 17, 2015

Seventeen seconds.

That’s the length of the cellphone video recorded by a bystander on May 23, 2014 at a Grand Rapids elementary school playground.

That’s the time it took to hurt 24-year-old Scott Simerson so severely that he would die from his injuries three months later.

The attorney for the two adults defendants in the case, Robert Kelly and Donmard White, wanted to give the judge an opportunity to see who did what prior to sentencing, so the cellphone video of the beating was played in court on Tuesday for the first time.

Robert Kelly and Donmard White

Robert Kelly and Donmard White

Both Kelly and White pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case in January.


Simerson had taken some children to play at the Sibley Park playground on that day in May. A teenager allegedly began hassling the younger kids Simerson was supervising. Simerson stepped in and was attacked.

Five punches were thrown in that 17 seconds, at least one by White, then 17.

What appears to be the most violent act captured by the cellphone video was the kick to the back of the head by defendant Robert Kelly.

Simerson sustained severe brain injuries. He died on Aug. 10, 2014, nearly three months after the beating. He left behind a baby daughter, fiancée and 11 siblings.



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  • Manslaughter? What about second degree murder?

    • Whitetrashgang

      Hell watch the video they are only going to do about 2 years.

      • I know, that’s my point.

      • Yancy Derringer

        They’ll probably have to serve only one third to one half of their sentences.

    • Petronius

      Second degree murder would be the minimum charge warranted here. First degree murder may also be warranted because there was malice and intent to inflict serious personal injury, and predetermination may be formed at the moment of committing the attack.

      What this case stands for is that white lives matter, but just not very much.

    • NoMosqueHere

      The classic examples of manslaughter are killing the guy you find in bed with your wife, or someone dies after a bar room fight. But here, the black thug kicked the guy in the head after he and his bro beat him in an unprovoked attack. This is depraved indifference to human life and requires a murder charge.

      But our white ancestors would know how to remedy things, and it would cost just a few bucks in the hardware store.

    • Judge Mental

      If the victim had been black and the offenders had been white, this would not be a “manslaughter” case. smh

  • Charles Martel

    He must have believed in equality to let children play around blacks.

    • guest

      It’s always that naïve thinking that leads to people getting killed.

    • SentryattheGate

      As my white teacher friend was told by black parents intent on having her fired for racism: “She don’t let dem act black!” because she refused to allow them to be violent on the playground!

  • Luca

    A sucker punch and kicks to the head while the victim is on the ground. These are the tactics they use. And all those Trayvon defenders would have you believe that Zimmerman used unnecessary force to protect himself while his head was being pounded on the concrete pavement.

    • Paleoconn

      Not to mention ganging up on such a scrawny guy. They should fry these animals and send the electric bill to their parents if they can find them.

  • MekongDelta69


    Are you kidding me?

    • rebelcelt

      Manslaughter is for accidents not intentional attacks. Everyone knows that kicks to the head are potentially lethal.

    • A Freespeechzone

      If the races had been exchanged, make NO mistake that the death penalty would be demanded.

      • Luca

        Along with hate crime charges.

    • Petronius

      Manslaughter means a homicide committed upon reasonable provocation or in mutual combat. Neither one of those conditions seems to have been present here.

      Involuntary manslaughter means an unintentional killing resulting from gross or culpable negligence.

      The crime here was murder, and probably first degree murder for the reasons given by rebelcelt.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    It’s a Whirl Staahh world out there.

    Are you ready for it?

    • Reynardine

      I am surprised the attackers themselves didn’t record the beating.

    • Johnny

      I am NOT Charlie, or Scott. I am armed.

  • Dave4088

    Now everyone should understand why George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson pulled the trigger. If you hesitate you are dead. I don’t think this guy was armed, but if he was and if he shot the two afro-mericans we would be treated to 24/7 news coverage about how sweet, young, innocent afros who “dindo nuffins” and were “minding they own bitness” were gunned down by a gun toting white male.

    • JohnEngelman

      And they were getting to lives together. After they went for three years with no felony convictions.

      • Caucasoid88

        Well now they’re going to N. University to get their lives together for good. They good boys. Dindonuffins.

        • Reverend Bacon

          They got less than 3 years each. A travesty.

          • Luca

            Let’s hope that some of those 11 siblings have a notion to get some justice.

  • Reynardine

    But but but I thought punches couldn’t hurt… which is why St. Brown of the Cigars and St. Skittles of Florida dindu nuffins and they was goo boys.

    • Luca

      Not goo boys. … “Dey wuz guut boyz”. You would never pass ebonics 101, shame on you..

  • JohnEngelman

    This is local news. If this had been done by two whites against a black man it would be on national news for months.

    • Luca

      They’d be talking about it at the UN by now.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      It would be the LEAD STORY in Bora-Bora and Outer Mongolia for a week…

  • ‘He left behind a baby daughter, fiancée and 11 siblings.’

    There’s 13 more for our side.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Hopefully they are all pure white.

  • SentryattheGate

    I wish violent offenders like these two could be sterilized! We don’t need or want their offspring! And it’ll save us money down the line.

    • ejXinMI

      I hope the become life-long recruits for the Afro Rump Rangers.

    • Musashi5000

      How about kicked into a dog-pit instead.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Execute them….that will neuter them PERMANENTLY!

    • DiversityIsDeath

      Sterilized? Hell, they should be executed. Seriously. They should be put on death row and killed by the state.

  • Chip Carver

    Imagine if the attackers were white and the victim black. Imagine if a black who was so frail looking was attacked like this by Whites and beaten to death. One has to wonder if the people running the show chuckle to themselves when this type of thing happens.

  • Speedy Steve

    Don Merde White chortle snicker

  • Anyone still believe you can rationalize and vote your way back to a safer and saner society when there are black people around? There can’t be too many of you left.


  • TL2014

    May they burn to death many times over.

  • TruthBeTold

    When you take the kids to the playground and blacks show up, leave.

    I’ve done it myself.

    As I always say, being around blacks is like walking a minefield. They’re looking for any act of disrespect to justify an attack. Your kid is a target. Any innocent mistake could have a black parent all over you or your kid.

    Just leave. Tell your kid you have to leave; promise your kid anything. Tell him you remembered you left the stove on and you have to get home but just leave.

    • model1911

      Just tell you kid the truth, might save them later grief.

      • Diana Moon Glampers

        I always point out black behavior to my (elementary aged) children. I show them videos, and though they are never anywhere with more than 5% blacks, when we do see black behavior, I discuss it with them afterward. Blacks cutting in line always happens and is a good early lesson on how black behavior directly affects us. We also discuss the fact that no white people in line ever object to this behavior, and why. I don’t embellish, or introduce topics too mature for them. They will have a good realistic foundation of observational realism. I also explain about MLK each year, and how the school says he was great, but in real life he wasn’t. I explain that because we are no longer allowed to have safe areas just for white people, many people are hurt and killed by blacks every day.
        I am the only parent I know (personally) who regularly has talks like this. That’s the saddest thing.

        • model1911

          You are not alone. More folks are awaking to the truth.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          Negroes (and white anti-white miscegenists like DeBlasio with mulatto offspring) claim they have “the talk” with their bucks– about how “da man” is out to get them, and how rabidly racist cops are seeking to arrest innocent blacks just because they’re black, blah, blah. Well, white parents need to have their own “talk” with their kids when they come of age. You know, about how blacks are a deadly menace to white survival, but how we have to pretend otherwise.

        • You sound like a fantastic parent, keep up the good work, I firmly believe our future really is up to you, and others like you. If there were more parents like you, we wouldn’t be in the horrible mess we are in now.

  • LHathaway

    No hate crime charges?

    “The attorney for the two adults defendants in the case, Robert Kelly and Donmard White, wanted to give the judge an opportunity to see who did what prior to sentencing, so the cellphone video of the beating was played in court”

    It would have been just too mean! having the video played at the request of the prosecutor. If the prosecution had shown the video. . . what a grave injustice. It would almost be like these meanies were trying to convict and punish these two men.

  • Lygeia

    So I guess it is only safe for white people to play in their own backyards.

    • Kenner

      For Whites, any public space can quickly become ‘the wrong time and the wrong place’. Whites are being ethnically cleansed from malls, parks, beaches, theaters…

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        (1) Travel in groups.
        (2) Be armed (knives and expanding batons are okay; guns are better).
        (3) Study a martial art and learn how to break bones / cripple an attacker.

        • Lygeia

          Then what is the point of going out in public if you have to do all of this?

          • Tim

            To retake, hold and keep what used to be ours without challenge…

          • Cheri Rodriguez

            Gee, what a great strategy. Hide inside the house and hope that all ends well. I’m sure that would’ve worked in 1776 and 1941.

          • What if you have a big house? I mean a really, really big house, with a few hundred acres and a few dozen really good friends.

          • Cheri Rodriguez

            98% of White people don’t have that luxury. Are they all invited to your place?

          • I’m working on getting more land. Once I have that squared away, the answer is yes. Dress casually and BYOB.

    • When it comes to black people, there’s nothing wrong with being insular and isolated. We all just need bigger backyards. Preferably connecting backyards.

      • LexiconD1

        My son had a swing set, slide and sand box, along with other outside toys…friends came over to play with him, no park needed.

  • IstvanIN

    Scott got a “life”, those two pieces of trash will be on the streets by 25.

  • TL2014

    So, realistically, could do that poor guy have saved himself?

    • LHathaway

      Had he known he was not equal to blacks. And had no desire to prove he was . . . for any reason . . . he could have saved himself. That’s really the only lesson blacks are trying to teach. In my town, often they will ignore older Whites. They assume they have already learned the lesson.

    • LexiconD1

      I carry pepper spray, and a stun gun, have for years. And, when I worked grocery…I carried a key chain that had a box cutter, with fresh razor blades in them (sadly, can’t find it now, and it’s also illegal in Commifornia. )

    • Harry

      Run. That of course, would have meant leaving the kids at the mercy of the two monsters.

      • Jefferson Goodberry

        …and even worse than leaving the kids, he would have dishonored himself by his cowardice. “Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Churchill

    • 1G25

      I have a CCL, but almost never carry, because I almost never go where a pistol is likely to be needed.

      After the anthropoid in the White House was elected the first time, I and others began to notice “uppitiness” among theretofore neutral negroes.

      Since then I have ALWAYS carried a 4.5″ springblade folding knife; never leave home without it any more than I would my keys or wallet. Razor sharp, I don’t notice it in my pocket.

      That’s how the poor guy could have saved himself.

      • Johnny

        I’m sorry, but where would you say a pistol is not likely to be needed? A movie theater? A Wal-Mart? A mall? A playground? A doctors office? A restaurant? All of these and more have been scenes of unexpected violence. The place you think you’re not going to need it, often turns out to be just the place you do. Unless it’s against the law to carry, I carry.

        • 1G25

          Understood and agreed. I live in a small-town/rural non-melanin environment, so the chances are pretty small thereabouts.

          But your point is of course well-made.

          • Johnny

            Very sad to say, but these days, we not only have to worry about them, but we also have to worry about folks like the Millers in Vegas that killed the cops.

      • “Razor sharp” is the most important takeaway from your advice. A lot of folks dont think about the realities of a knife in a fight, because theyve never used a knife in a fight, nor have they used a knife to cut through flesh unless they happen to hunt (ie: skinning an animal). Learning how to sharpen a knife, and keep it literally razor sharp is immensely important. A dull knife is basically only effective for penetration by stabbing, and not lacerations by slashing. A lot of what you want the knife to do is psychological, unless you’re actually trying to kill.

        Slashing doesn’t do much in the way of actual damage unless you get really lucky and hit an artery, and with a dulled knife, the wound caused is something like a scratch, it hurts a little, bleeds a little, but thats it. A good hard slash with a razor sharp blade will split someone open, put a gash in their body, something horrifying to see, psychologically, as well as being much more likely to cause quite a bit of bleeding, which is good in a lot of ways.

        A horribly gruesome looking wound can cause your assailant(s) to turn tail and run, which gives you time to do the same.

        I could go on, but razor sharp, thats VERY important, and the easiest way to do that is either learn how to sharpen knives, or make a friend who enjoys doing so.

  • MBlanc46

    Punched him and kicked him in the head. How is this only manslaughter.

    • Harry

      ‘Malice’ and ‘Intent’ would be the key words. A further outrage is that the two killers will be hailed as heroes at the daycare center they are going to.

      • MBlanc46

        I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to be that by any reasonable definition of the terms, kicking someone in the head (except in self-defense) is malicious and indicates an intent to do the person serious harm. Willful if not premeditated homicide.

    • HE2

      Exactly my question, Mr. Blanc. Why did this get plead down to manslaughter? It was racially driven assault resulting in death.
      IOW, murder.

  • meanqueen

    This is murder and furthermore, a hate crime. As we all know, if the races were reversed . . .

    I never take my children to parks where there will be blacks. Our neighborhood park, in an all white, all Christian neighborhood, suddenly got noticed by blacks who live an hour away in the ghetto. That was the end of that. It was a park with a large sandbox (among other amenities) that had about 75 metal Tonka Trucks of varying sizes, just sitting there at all times to be used by visitors. In FIVE years, I never saw one go missing. It will be interesting to see how long they last now.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Now we know why we had segregation. It was there for reasons like this.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    How ironic that one of the black’s name is White.

  • MathMan

    Jus blacks doin’ what blacks do!

  • Marie

    My baby dindu nuffin!

  • Snazzy Snook

    I can’t STAND when these blacks say ” I be taking responsibility of my axtions” OK good loser, here, take this 80 years sentence as responsibility .. Nope, they get ,what was it, 3 to 5 years ? PPPFFfffttt !! Boy am I ever pissed.

  • Jefferson Goodberry

    Geez, Simerson was a skinny guy… let that be a dual lesson to young men out there: a.) follow Derbyshire’s rules from “The Talk” and b.) hit the gym and lift some weights and/or learn to fight. Had this guy ever stepped in a squat rack before in his life or learned Krav Maga he’d still be alive and his assailants would be the ones in a world of hurt, but “better to be tried by 12, than carried off by 6.”

    • Usually Much Calmer

      “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.”
      – Mark Rippetoe

  • LS Wight

    No matter how many whites are murdered by political correctness as we are forbidden to speak of disproportionate black on white hate crime, the murderers still pretend to be the victims.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    I’ll say it: Such injustices are why there was a KKK…

  • This sort of incident is why box-cutters were invented. The fact that they are useful for cutting cardboard is completely coincidental.

    • Johnny

      Some bikers are known to carry a large padlock, with a bandanna strung through the hasp and knotted. Makes a great sap. Even a roll of nickels can put a little extra sumpin sumpin into a right cross. If you have the time, a 12 oz. soda can in a sock. When your life hangs in the balance, anything you can get your hands on is better than nothing. And you don’t need a license to carry any of the above.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Two worthless, sadistic, savage jigs killed a white man for fun, and were sentenced to 4 lousy years (by a frightened, white male, sell out judge clinging to his job). Big deal. Who cares? Next!

  • Veritas

    It is truly open season on white men, women, and children in a country where we are still the majority. So where are the marches and protests against the slap on the wrist the perpetrators received? Inaction will lead to more racist violence against us.

  • The only problem with this is if your attacker decides to simply do the same, ie: kick and stomp you, instead of trying to get close to punch and grapple with you, you’ll likely end up dead. Being on the ground is being vulnerable because there isn’t a whole lot you can do while you’re down there.

    Your advice is good if you’re attacked by a white, as we tend to get up close and personal, as well as being more likely to be trained in some form of martial art or vombatives techniques. But a black or brown? Hes likely to simply kick and stomp you till you stop moving. ALWAYS get to your feet if you can, and hold nothing back, dont push or take little swings, fill yourself with hate and fear and rage at what they’re trying to do to you, and attack, dont stop swinging and kicking and stomping till they aren’t moving anymore.

    Attack… thats the single best piece of advice I can give, if you find yourself in that situation, if theres no way around it, dont fight defensively, dont shield yourself, try to block, wait for the “right moment”, etc. Turn the tables and ATTACK, and dont stop till it’s 100% done and over with.