Sunday, December 08, 2019
TKC SUNDAY TESTIMONY!!! KANSAS CITY VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT REVEALS BRUTAL HOME INVASION AFTERMATH, PLEA DEAL & ACCOMPLICE STILL AT LARGE!!!
When we reference and discuss rising violence and crime in Kansas City, many readers often lose sight of the devastating human suffering inflicted on so many victims within our community.
Accordingly . . .
IN A REMARKABLE SHOW OF STRENGTH, AFTER A BRUTAL AND TERRIFYING ASSAULT, ROBBERY AND HOSTAGE SITUATION, THIS KANSAS CITY RESIDENT SHARES HER STORY!!!
First, a word about the motivation for this Sunday testimony:
"I told several of you that when the case of our home robbery was complete I would tell you what happened. It is now complete. The one man they caught was sentenced to 10 yrs for four felonies he was changed with in our case. One of those were dropped. He had four prior felonies he was on probation for before he robbed us and two of those charges were dropped. So basically he was given 10 years for six felonies, which started out as 8 felonies. This was the deal presented to him by the Jackson County Prosecutors office. He will be eligible for parole in 7.5 years.
"The math they use to determine how to sentence people is appalling for larger cities. We were basically told what happened to us wasn’t violent enough to go to trial or to warrant more time. The comforting words from AUTHORITIES were, “when he gets out if he is charged with any other felonies he will go away for life”, which in Missouri is 30 yrs. We were told if this had happened in another county, more time would have been served.
"I hesitate to publish my victim's impact statement. Not out of fear, but out of the real reasons I want it out there . . .
"I’m not looking for sympathy, nor do I want to appear weak or afraid. I have an army of friends and family supporting me . . . What I am looking for is to reach someone, just one person who is in the position of leadership in our city or county, to come to the table and have hard conversations with people, like us, who have been through the entire legal system, and really talk about changes that can be put into place to begin to address the violence in Kansas City.
"It is also my hope our story will educate people and be a source of support for anyone else who is unfortunate enough to experience what we did the morning of July 15, 2019.
"The citizens of Jackson County, MO deserve that much from their leaders"
"That said, I’ve SHARED my statement for anyone interested. It isn’t an easy read. If you choose to read it, please keep all of the above in mind regarding the intent behind publishing it."
For those who don't know . . . A victim impact statement is a "written or oral declaration made as part of the judicial legal process, which allows crime victims the opportunity to speak during the sentencing of the convicted person or at subsequent parole hearings."
That's the legal name but the author is no "victim" in the colloquial parlance of the term . . . In fact, we admire her strength, resolve and dedication to the public discourse by sharing her experience coping with violent crime and this RISING LOCAL HOME INVASION TREND.
Here's the word for Sunday . . .
STATEMENT TO JUDGE AFTER KANSAS CITY ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT
Thank you Judge for allowing me a few minutes to speak to you. I want to share some things about the morning that changed my life forever that you will not see on paper or hear from the lawyers in the room today.
July 15, 2019 at 5:01 AM, MY ATTACKER and his friend, whom he refuses to name, drove around our city, stealing, robbing and terrorizing people. This was not a spur of the moment decision; it was a planned hunting trip. They spent hours hunting their prey. Our experience with them was the big game hunt of the night. They stalked us from half a block away, watched us, drove around the block, hid their car behind some bushes. They ran half a block to our home, hid in the darkness on our porch, with semi-automatic weapons holding 30-round clips, waiting patiently for their human prey. There was then a brief struggle at the door between them, my brother and I which led to them violently escorting us inside my home, forcing us all to lay on the floor face down. Where they then, robbed us violently and left with their game trophies.
Somehow we managed to call 911. The first person to answer was Westwood Police. Their station is less than 8 blocks from our house. Sadly, since we didn't live in Westwood, and as OUR ASSAILANTS were running from our home, we were put on hold until someone from Kansas City picked up the phone.
I struggle to forgive myself every day for my own actions that morning, I wished I would have fought harder at that door, even if they had beat or killed me to keep them from getting inside. I cannot forget or erase the sight of my baby brother laying on the floor next to me. His eyes, I can never forget his eyes. They looked back at me with such defeat, helplessness and fear. I thought to myself, "my mom and dad are going to bury two of their kids. They will not survive this . . ."
I looked over to MY FRIEND . . . All I could think about is that I want them to kill me first. I don't want to see her die. Then I thought of her grand-kids never getting to know what an amazing human being she is. The next thing I remember is hearing THE SUSPECT tell us to get up one at a time and get on the couch. I then shut down and resigned myself to being killed.
I have been told by police officers, detectives, and friends that we were just at the wrong place at the wrong time when OUR ATTACKER AND HIS ACCOMPLICE did this to us. Judge, if I had only known that being in my home at 5:01 AM and drinking coffee with some of the people I love most was the wrong place and the wrong time -- I would not have been there.
OUR ATTACKER has no remorse. None. He has learned two things from this: Don't leave witnesses and it's okay not to snitch because it doesn't make a difference. His friend is still doing what he does. Waiting for OUR ATTACKER to get out, and when he is released OUR ATTACKER will be made a hero in his circle of friends. He will be known as the one who did the time and didn't snitch.
I turned 50 this year and had so many plans for this year of my life. Instead, I am learning to live with PTSD because of the actions of MY ATTACKER and his friend. I am good at hiding it, I have to be, that's part of the gig. The best way I can describe what it is like for me is: Imagine you are dying from the inside out and nobody knows. That said, every day I struggle with guilt, depression and fear, and I hate admitting this, but there are more times than not, I feel like I am losing the battle. I am dying to get out of the darkness and spend a majority of my day trying to live in this world.
Today Judge, I feel like I am laying on that floor all over, searching for the one person who can stop what is happening. I do not agree with this plea deal. This plea means that my healing from his violence will be longer than his punishment for the crime. How is that justice?
I ask that you be the one of the first people with any power for change to make an impact on gun violence in our city. We cannot stop men and women like MY ATTACKER AND HIS ACCOMPLICE from getting guns, but we can send a clear message that the price for using them is a heavy one.
Thank you judge for taking the time to listen.
Again, we thank this SURVIVOR for helping to keep Kansas City informed and BRAVELY sharing her story.
You decide . . .