August 25, 2016 09:39 PM
TROY -- There were no apologies.
And Gabriel Vega got no mercy for his actions.
“In this court's estimation, it can only be described as horrific and cowardly,” said Rensselaer County Judge Andrew Ceresia.
Vanessa Milligan's family made emotional pleas for the maximum sentence in court.
“Today I need you to treat Gabe Vega's sentence like a funeral,” said Nate Milligan, Vanessa’s father. “This should be his funeral. This should be his demise. This should be the last day he ever sees Troy.”
And in the end, Judge Ceresia sentenced Vega to the maximum of 50 years in state prison. He won't be free until he is 70 years old.
“I'm very happy,” said Shannon Williamson, Vanessa’s aunt. “I am very happy.”
Outside, the mood was jubilant with hugs and smiles all around. An ordeal lasting more than two years was finally over.
Despite everything that has happened over that past two-plus years, Vanessa Milligan's family say they know she was with them today.
“I looked over the clouds like it was going to thunder and, they're here, believe me," said Nate Milligan. "50 years, I know they were here.”
“I brought Vanessa and Alena and Marilyn, their grandmother,” said Williamson, holding an urn. “All three of them were together.”
After the sentence, the family visited the memorial for Vanessa and Alena where their house once stood.
A feeling that justice has finally been served.
Updated: August 25, 2016 09:39 PM
Created: August 25, 2016 10:31 AM
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