Eva Knott

Eva Knott is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Monstrous monsters sent to jail forever

At her sentencing hearing January 8, 2016, Jessica Lynn Lopez was sentenced to two Life terms in prison, without possibility of parole, for her part in the kidnap and torture and murder. The attorney for Jessica Lynn Lopez had previously asked the judge to delay sentencing so she could file motions asking for a new trial. Attorney Sloan Ostbye suggested that the court made a mistake by allowing the attorney for co-defendant Louis Ray Perez to produce a certain mental health expert as witness; this expert gave testimony during trial last September, and gave expert opinion regarding Jessica Lynn Lopez. Ostbye complained of that expert, “He never interviewed my client” and she asserted that he influenced the jury to believe that Lopez was mentally ill and “could have committed this heinous act.” Before the judge announced sentence, he heard victim impact statements from the brother and parents of the murdered woman. Brittany Killgore’s younger brother, who was 5 years old at the time of her death, told the court: “The people who hurt Brittany are bad and I hope they stay in prison forever.” Robert Scott Lopez, who is the father of convicted murderer Jessica Lynn Lopez, submitted a written “impact statement,” this was read in court by attorney Ostbye. Mr. Lopez first expressed “deepest condolences” to the family of Brittany Killgore and stated “I hope you find peace somehow, with the help of the Lord.” He told the court that Jessica Lopez was the eldest of his four daughters and “She was a wonderful baby.” In the statement, which took about 8 minutes to read, Mr. Lopez recalled moments of Jessica’s childhood, and declared that she “did not get into tobacco or drugs or sex” the way other young people did. The man wanted the court to know that his children went to Sunday school to learn about God. He expressed pride that his eldest daughter went to school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2011, and he stated that he and his own father both hoped to have Jessica Lopez with them, to care for them, as they grew older. Mr. Lopez declared: “To see Jessica in her current predicament makes me very sad.” In the last pages of his remarks the father repeatedly asserted that his family was her “one true, unconditional family.” While her attorney was reading the pages in court, Jessica Lopez sat next to her and watched attentively. Near the end of the statement Lopez became tearful and tried to wipe her eyes with her shackled hands. Lopez was dressed in green jail clothing, with her ankles chained together and her hands cuffed to the chain around her waist, at her sides. After San Diego Superior Court judge K. Michael Kirkman solemnly announced the two life sentences for Jessica Lopez, a probation officer informed him that Lopez has been in custody 1362 days so far. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2016...
— January 15, 2016 6:27 a.m.

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