My life and the lives of my family were forever changed on June 5, 2015 when my daughter, Noelle Nicole New, became the victim of a hit and run. Although this statement is supposed to be about the impact on me, let me first talk about the impact on her. The following is an excerpt from an essay she wrote:
I have been waiting two years and six months to face the people who killed my daughter and speak openly to them. I say people, I don't want to name names because I don't want to get sued. I think I will just go ahead and say Gage and Dakota Shriver. They were found guilty in September 2017. Their sentencing date is December 8th, 2017. The jury recommended 25 years on the murder charges, plus a few additional years on the lesser charges. So round it out to 30 years for my daughter's life. I'm pretty sure Noelle would have lived more than 30 years, so they are getting a bye.
I'm using sports analogy right now, because we all know she was a Sooner's fan. I hate football. Never watched a game, but my daughter loved football and the Sooners, so I have to mention them.
Since the trial, I have had a lot of mixed feelings. I would like to think that those feelings make me human.
I am angry at the people that killed my daughter. Her death was not fair and should not have happened. I have tried to rationalize it. I have tried to come to terms with it...but, yeah I can't. I'm pissed. I am one angry momma
But I have also been a scared momma. How are you both? I have nightmares every night that the judge will reduce their sentence, And nightmares where I am with them in jail. I am the mother than buried her daughter and the mother that watched her children go away in handcuffs.
It fucking sucks to be me.
Friday, December the 8th, I will face them. I will finally be able to say what I have been thinking for the past 2 years. My victim impact statement is long. But, I have so many other words...