I was relieved to hear this weekend of a possible guilty plea in the trial of the January 8th shooter. I am particularly relieved that the plea means that there will not be a death sentence. I had one friend killed and several are still recovering from injuries; another person killed won’t do a damn thing for any of them.
This afternoon, the plea was changed to guilty. The legal process, at least the high profile public part, is largely over. There is still the possibility of charges from Pima County, and I hope that Barbara Lawall resists the urge to insert herself into this.
The news cycle isn’t over yet, so maybe we’ll hear from people who want an execution. I haven’t heard this from people who were victims that day. Far from it. Here is Mavy Stoddard, widow of Dorwan Stoddard, this weekend:
I don’t really want the death penalty. I would love to see him either put in a mental institution or life in prison with no parole. Either one of them. If he can get some help, that’s what he needs. And maybe he will find the Lord.
By the way, I have two friends that are members of Stoddard’s congregation, and they and Mavy are traveling to Aurora, Colorado to work with victims and their families there.