From CNN intern Sachin Seth:
Aaron Vargas got drunk, picked up his revolver, drove to Darrell McNeill’s home and shot him. Vargas says McNeill sexually molested him 20 years earlier, when he was his Boy Scout leader. In the year since the murder, at least a dozen other men have come forward claiming they too were molested by Darrell McNeill.
Supporters are calling for Vargas’ release. Among them is Elizabeth McNeill, Darrell’s widow. She told CNN in an email earlier this year she felt sorry for Vargas. “I love this young man and feel he needs counseling more than anything.”
Vargas’ sister, Mindy Galliani, started a website and a Facebook group asking authorities to not impose a prison sentence and instead help her brother overcome the suffering that began when he was 12 years old.
On the eve of Vargas’ June 14 sentencing hearing, CNN’s Don Lemon spoke to Galliani.