Tommy Bardney (yes, that appears to be his legal name, "Tommy") died in a burst of gunfire on the 1000 block of Humboldt Ave. N. His family and loved ones say he was "assassinated," and though I may have scoffed a little bit when I first read that headline in the Star Tribune, subsequent reading of the facts does justify that description. (Here's another Strib story in case the first link doesn't work, it's hitting about 50/50 right now on a 404 error message)
Bardney was seated in a van talking to his wife. Based on his record of domestic violence, I'm guessing he wasn't invited inside the house...
Bardney had seven children by his wife but had only been married to her four years; kudos for trying to do the right thing, I say. Better late than never. But Bardney had a troubled life and there was a lot of domestic stuff in his court record.
And here it is...
27-CR-01-053003 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 06/28/2001 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed LOITERING
Though labeled "loitering," this conviction smells like a domestic. The conditions imposed include "no contact with victims" and "stay away from 4th and 24th North."
27-CR-02-103515 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 01/31/2003 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction ASSAULT IN THE FIFTH DEGREE TERRORISTIC THREATS
These are actually two charges. The "terroristic threats" charge was dismissed. The assault charge stuck. Conditions included "Stay out of Stand Up Franks Bar." This is the bar which has, thankfully, turned into a high-end zombie themed bar called Donny Dirk's. Bardney died owing $118 on this charge.
27-CR-04-070238 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 12/02/2004 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction CARRY PISTOL WITHOUT A PERMIT
Convicted. Died owing $143 on this charge. I can almost understand people being released without paying their fines because acting otherwise might be construed as debtor's prison, but I say take all the money they're carrying in their wallet when they go to jail and apply it to the fines they owe. Or speed the system up a little bit and issue blanket "contempt of court" charges for not paying fines so there's something more to hold them besides "you owe money."
27-CR-06-051593 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 07/31/2006 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown McKinsey, E. Anne Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed BURGLARY SECOND DEGREE
Convicted. Went to prison over this one.
Died owing $155 in fines. See previous sermonette.
27-CR-06-066248 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 09/26/2006 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed ASSAULT/DOMESTIC VIOLATION OF A PROTECTION ORDER
Convicted on the assault, the violation of a protection order was dismissed but, you know, smells like a plea bargain since he first pleaded not guilty but then later amended his plea. Didn't owe money on THIS one when he died. Hard evidence he was "just starting to turn his life around?"
27-CR-06-065040 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 09/27/2006 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DOMESTIC ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION TERRORISTIC THREATS
For those times when an edged weapon is just too impersonal and only bare hands will do. He was found guilty of the strangulation part but the terroristic threats charge was dismissed. Went to prison for this one, too.
27-CR-10-46397 BARDNEY, TOMMY 01/10/1979 10/05/2010 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Brandt, Gina M. Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed Domestic Assault
Pled guilty. Had a raft of conditions imposed and also did a couple months in the workhouse but the good news is his voting rights were restored.
Now comes the point where JNS blog makes an outrageous yet though-provoking comment.
If somebody has SEVEN CHILDREN by a guy, and the guy ends up dead while all or most of the children are minors, do you know how much SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY we are talking about, here?
I don't know the exact figure, but it can safely be describe as:
I'm just saying.