Yesterday I got to go to court to watch very bad man be found guilty. His sentencing isn't for a few more weeks though, but its a big weight lifted off so many people's shoulders. I want to thank the jury for taking extra time to look through all the charges against him, for asking questions to clarify, and for helping put him in jail for the rest of his life. He can no longer hurt another.
The trial was at 9:30 and lasted until 11:00. It took the jury until 5:10 to have a verdict. I also want to thank the victim's advocate for helping out so much. She did such a wonderful job keeping everyone informed on what was going on and keeping everyone comfortable. It was a very emotional day for everyone.
We sat and waited. We played games. We heard stories of the day the 'defendant' was apprehended. We laughed together, we cried together.
The 'defendant' didn't even want to be present when the verdict was read. He stayed in his holding cell. He didn't want to be in there to face everyone. After being on the run for so many years........... justice is finally served.
On our way home, I rode with my bff and her mom, the windshield wipers quit working... and it was raining pretty hard. It was like the one on the drivers side slipped off the windshield, over-extended itself kind of, and after that, it just wouldn't work. We kept pulling over and fixing it to work for only one or two more swipes. We finally got to a better spot to pull over than on the shoulder of the interstate and we sat and waited for my bff's uncle and aunt to come back to help. Apparently it was an easy fix. It was scary and funny at the same time.
I hope my bff reads this without me asking her to.... I am so glad I was there with you guys yesterday. All of you are my family, your pain is my pain too. I was glad I was there to hear the verdict and sit by your side as guilty was read over and over again. I am glad that it is all over now. I love all of you.