If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will remember that my younger brother was killed in July 2010. Last Thursday, August 16, 2012, a man was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. While justice has been served, it does not change the fact that I miss my brother every day and that I may never heal from the deep wound this loss has created.
Todd Dale Getgen
September 9, 1967 - July 21, 2010
My nephew will grow up without his daddy. My prayer is that we can help him remember the amazing man that my brother was, and remind him how much he was loved by his father.
Here is a quote from the news:
Raymond Peake pleaded no contest today to second-degree murder and theft charges and the 66-year-old Vietnam veteran will spend the rest of his life in prison.
The state had originally sought the death penalty, but Peake’s defense team and prosecutors struck a deal that would spare the victim’s family a potential lengthy and emotional trial.
“I don’t know what happened all those years ago when you took an oath to support and obey the constitution,” Judge M.L. Ebert said, chastising Peake before imposing a life sentence for the murder of Enola attorney Todd Getgen in 2010. “When did it break down, I don’t know. It’s a sad state of affairs that you gave up an honorable career to become a criminal,” said Ebert.
This part of the tragedy is behind us, but "moving on" is not an option. Healing will be slow. The loss will be forever. My strength comes from the Lord and He will show me how to continue and how to minister to others who have suffered a tragic and senseless loss.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. A special thanks to those who shared personal stories with me in an effort to reach out and help me heal. The love and caring from my Cyber Friends has been priceless.