I had been in the courtroom for nearly 3 hours since it had started. The trial had been so hard for me to sit through. When Joey's case began and when they began talking about that night, I could feel the tears streaming down my face. I breathed in deeply and I made sure everyone could see the pain I was going through. Kevin didn't deserve to be sent to jail for only a small amount of time, but to rot in there for all I care.
"Kevin, the jury finds you guilty of the murder of Joey Parker and the rape of Chloe Carlson. The jury has sentenced you to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Joey Parker and 10 years to life for the rape of Chloe Carlson. Any last words from the victim's families before the trial ends?" The judge asked.
I sat up and I gripped the piece of paper in my hands, tightly. The words that I had written on the paper were to be read to everyone in that court room, including Kevin. The amount of pain, hatred, hurt, love, anger, every type of negative emotion was imprinted on that single piece of paper in my hand.
I began to walk to the podium as I could feel everyone's eyes mostly focused on my pregnant belly than my face, in general. I looked down at the piece of paper and I began to open it; but I then stopped myself. I didn't need a piece of paper to help me explain every feeling that I have felt. I looked up from my hands and I stared straight into Kevin's eyes. I leaned my face closer to the microphone, to the point where my lips were almost touching it and I let my words fall out into the atmosphere.
"You took two major things from me. The father of my child and my innocence. My daughter will never get to meet her daddy because of you. The horrible memories of what you did to me at that party, will haunt me for the rest of my life. But, I could care less about what you physically did to me. My daughter will be my number one priority, but you not only took Joey, but you took the future memories that we could have all shared together. The birth of my daughter, her first day of school, graduation, having Joey and I watch her walk down the isle to the man she will spend the rest of her life with. Yet, you took the advantage of having her father be with her when all those things do happen. Since you took the things that meant the most to me, I hope the same happens for you in jail. And I sure as hell hope you rot in there."
I stared him right in the eyes with every word that melted from my tongue. I could feel the tears running down my cheeks, but I didn't care. I wanted him to see what he has put me through all this time and I hope this moment burns through his mind whenever he thinks back to it.
I tightened my jaw as I left the podium and made my way back to my seat. My brother wrapped his arms around me as I sat down next to him. I wiped the tears from my cheeks and I sniffled quietly as the trial continued on. Joey's mother, father, and more of his family, went up to the podium to share their grief to the monster, Kevin.
I stared at him when Joey's mom was up there and his face had almost no emotion. It was solid and straight and missing color. He looked sick with fear and I could tell he was overwhelmed in this moment, but I was glad. I really truly hoped this entire moment would replay over and over again in his mind, every single day for the rest of his pathetic life.