The wheels of justice

They got him. Sweet baby Jesus, I had been waiting for so long for this. It’s been a year less twelve days, and they finally have him.

Det. Austin called me this afternoon with the news. DNA match. More than 99% probability. And the man’s been in jail for the past five months for abduction and rape in another case. A serial offender, as I thought.

Austin said that he’s going to turn my file over to the prosecutor and see what comes next. If Rollo is going to get a life sentence for the other case, perhaps they won’t prosecute him for me. It depends on what the prosecutor wants. Austin won’t tell me Rollo’s real name yet. He says he will call me back next week with more news. I don’t really care if my case is prosecuted or just administratively cleared — I just want Rollo to be in prison forever and it looks like that’s going to happen, and he will never be able to touch another woman again.

This has been a long time coming, and now that the day is finally here I hardly know what to do with myself.

20 thoughts on “The wheels of justice

  1. Holly P. June 4, 2010 / 6:04 pm

    Very pleased for you! I know it doesn’t “solve” everything for you, but I hope this will bring you a good stage of closure.

    I hope he never gets the chance to hurt another person.

  2. Jeri June 4, 2010 / 6:07 pm

    Give yourself a huge hug for me, and a congrats when you consider all those who never get to see justice, a victory is something to celebrate!!

  3. Kat June 4, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    Congratulations, hon. You deserve some good news! No more looking over your shoulder, chances are he’ll go away for a long time/forever as a serial offender and all his victims can begin the healing process.

  4. CardsFan June 5, 2010 / 12:18 am

    The prosecution will undoubtedly call you for his other trial to testify to his past bad acts, at least in the sentencing phase; that way they can further convince the jury and hope to guarantee a lengthy sentence, in order to keep the fiend off the streets.

  5. Christne June 5, 2010 / 2:00 am

    good for you sweetie, I hope you’ll be able to put this behind you soon and move on.

  6. Bill June 5, 2010 / 11:49 am

    Glad to get the news, Meaghan!
    The important thing is he is identified and in custody, where he will probably stay. Please keep us informed!

  7. Wendy June 5, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    Fan-freakin-tastic!!!! I am so happy for you, Meaghan! I knew one day good news would come. Douchenozzles like him are never “one time” offenders.

    What great timing, too—I’ve been thinking about you as the anniversary approaches, wondering how you were taking it. I’d be willing to guess better today than two days ago!

  8. danielle June 5, 2010 / 3:57 pm

    thanks for sharing Meaghan! Best wishes for the hard times ahead.
    Keep us updated as I, and all your readers and “friends”, are thinking of you especially now!!~

  9. Jill June 5, 2010 / 7:58 pm

    That’s great! I am glad”Rollo” is behind bars. I truly believe that although this has been a struggle you can grow from it.

  10. maryjean June 5, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    I am THRILLED for you! And I pray for the swift resolution of the case. Are you OK with him not being prosecuted for your case if he gets life without parole for the other(s)?

    • Meaghan June 6, 2010 / 6:22 am

      I would rather they prosecute him for me too. But if they don’t want to I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch about it. The important thing is he’s locked up and they’re throwing away the key.

      • Cheryl June 6, 2010 / 11:38 pm

        They won’t be throwing away the key. The reality is that life does not always mean life. Not in the real world. A few years from now when they need to cut the budget and he has earned points for good behavior, they will let him go. It’s all a numbers game.

        Check out what has been happening in North Carolina.

        http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6311611/

        http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/7042850/

        “A Superior Court judge ruled in December that both Brown and Jones should be released immediately from the life sentences they received in the 1970s.”

      • Meaghan June 6, 2010 / 11:43 pm

        I have been informed by a former prosecutor from Virginia that Virginia doesn’t offer parole for ANYTHING.

  11. Jordan June 6, 2010 / 4:54 am

    Wonderful news, Meaghan. Justice be done.

  12. Jaime June 6, 2010 / 11:12 am

    I am so THANKFUL and THRILLED for you. May Justice be done and may he never be able to hurt anyone again.

  13. Pamela June 6, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    Great news, Meaghan.

  14. Penny June 8, 2010 / 8:41 am

    YAY!!!

  15. Kelly June 9, 2010 / 2:34 am

    Holy smokes Meaghan! I have not checked your blog in weeks; started thinking about you and when I saw this news I felt such a huge sense of relief for you! You’re such a strong young lady, I am so pleased that the trash will be taken out! 🙂

    Healing from such a terrible thing is only hindered when your attacker has no name and has not been apprehended.

    I hope you are sleeping better.

    The worry wart mom in Ca, Kelly

  16. Zed June 9, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    YIPPIEYOJ!!!

    • Meaghan June 9, 2010 / 3:10 pm

      Quite so. Hope you’re well. We need to email each other again. I think it was my turn, though.

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