Mother of Johnny Clarke speaks out.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:40:26 GMT —
Maytee Vazquez-Clarke was visibly upset as I spoke with her about the jury in the case of her son's murder.
The judge dismissed the jury Monday after they were unable to reach a unanimous sentence for the convicted murderer.
Because the jury couldn't come to a decision, the death penalty is no longer an option when it comes to the sentencing of Samuel Williams.
"I was speechless," said Clarke, "because his life was spared after he took two innocent lives... and it's disgusting."
She says the only thing that should be considered now is life without the possibility of parol.
"I want all his hopes taken away from him. I don't want him to feel that he will ever walk these streets again in his life," said Clarke.
i asked her about williams breaking down in court when there was talk of his young son. She said simply, " What about my son."
She says the pain goes so much further than just a conviction and sentence.
"He didn't destroy one family, but he destroyed two families with a ripple affect of so many others that were involved in these children's lives."
Maytee says she's had a hard time moving forward since the tragedy, and just tries to live day by day, and minute by minute.
"I'm sad... i miss my son," she said as she hung her head.
Now it will be left up to a judge to decide whether Samuel Williams will face life in prison without the possibility of parol, life with parol eligibility after 25 years, or life with parol eligibility after 30 years.
That court date is set for August 10th.