I have news from the latest pre-trial! According to the DA the defendant does not want to plead guilty to an added charge of assault with a deadly weapon so the district attorney’s office has decided not to re-try the case on an assault charge. Sentencing for the charge that the defendant was found guilty for is set for Dec. 10th. She’s looking to at least 30 years – life. I would like to address the court (the judge & the defendant) so I’m hoping to attend the sentencing even though I can’t really afford it!
Unfortunately at that time the defense will be filing a motion for a new trial and of course the District attorney will oppose it.
I’m praying that this can all come to an end and be completely done with on Dec. 10th! This has been a very long and painful process and I desperately want to move on and with God’s grace, (as well as with the help of family & friends) work on creating a new life for myself.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. There’s no way I could have gotten through this without them!!! Please know that I pray daily for all those who are praying for me and for their intentions.
God is Sovereign!
I FINALLY heard from the District Attorney! Last week at the pre-trial they proposed adding a charge and are hoping she will plead to this one. He said that apparently she’s hesitant to do so. So there’s another pre-trial scheduled for Oct. 25th.
She will be sentenced for the charges that she was found guilty on that day too. I was really hoping to be able to attend sentencing and address the judge & the defendant but it looks like that’s not going to happen… I just can’t afford it!
Please continue to pray for the defendant. For her conversion and that she comes to know the incredible love, mercy & forgiveness of Our Lord.
Filed under Trial, Update
This Thursday (Oct 7th) is a Pre-Trial. The defendant is being retried after one of the counts she was charged with resulted in a hung jury. Please continue to pray that justice be served and that the defendant comes to know the great love, mercy & forgiveness of Our Lord.
Special prayers for her please as this day is the Feast of Our Lady of The Rosary! (My name day!) Thanks!
Depending on the outcome of the pre-trial I could be flying back out to LA soon to testify at the trial. I arrived back home late Monday evening and am still suffering from jet lag which isn’t at all usual for me. I very rarely am jet lagged but I think it’s because of all the emotion and stress from the trip that has my head spinning and heavy and I am completely exhausted.
I’m also still waiting to hear from the District Attorney when the sentencing hearing will take place from the charges she was found guilty on. I really want to attend the sentencing and address the judge and the defendant. Unfortunately, I can’t afford it so please pray that God will provide me with the means to attend and be heard. Thanks!
(I’m completely exhausted & my head is spinning so if I sound short or incoherent, that’s why!)
Our Lady of The Rosary, Pray for us!
Our Lady of The Rosary
St. Philomena, Pray for us!
After three days of deliberation the jury has finally made it’s verdict. It’s good news and bad news. I’ll tell you the good news first! For the 2nd count where the defendant was charged with robbery, discharging a gun and cause of bodily harm the defendant has been found guilty! Now for the bad news….For the 1st count where the defendant was charged with attempted murder (intent to kill) the jury was hung. Apparently a few jurors were hung up on the word ‘intent’. The Deputy District Attorney said that they will try her again for this charge and there’s already a pre-trial date set for Oct. 7th. (I do not have to attend) There will be a sentencing within the next few weeks for the 2nd count and she’s looking at 30 years to life for that.
So…. we (kind of) won!!! But we’re not done yet! It’s been an emotional roller coaster, many times feeling like I’m in a perpetual state of lent. But now I can rejoice over this victory! After sharing the news with my sister Cecilia I was so relieved and thankful that the defendant was convicted guilty of at least one count that I broke down sobbing, thanking Jesus over and over again and kissing him on a beautiful and large San Damiano Crucifix. I’m so grateful that justice has been served and excited that this is almost over!
Thank you all sooo much for the prayers! I can’t imagine going through this without your support and prayers. You’ve all been a HUGE blessing in my life and I can’t thank you enough!
Today, Monday the 13th is a pre-trial hearing with the idea that the case will be going to trial on Wednesday the 15th. I don’t have to attend either of those days but they will begin jury selection right away. My dad & I will be flying out to Los Angeles on the 15th and once they’re done selecting the jury (the DA thinks it will take about two days) then I will be the first to testify.
Please keep these two dates in your prayers as well as the trial and that the defendant plead guilty. Also pray for her conversion.
This is obviously a very stressful time for me. The closer the date to the trial comes the more emotional I become. Please pray that I will have peace admist the storm.
I will try to keep you all updated as much as I can while I’m in CA. Thanks for the prayers, they are greatly needed and appreciated!!!
**UPDATE: I just received an email from the District Attorney saying that this morning at the Pre-Trial the case has been sent to court on THURSDAY, SEPT 16TH instead of Wed the 15th. Please keep this day and the entire trial in your prayers! Thanks! 9/13/10 2:30pm