A year ago today

Yeah, so the attack happened exactly one year ago. I met Rollo a little before eight and then he let me go a little after ten. It seemed at the time like it was a lot longer, but later on I figured out just about exactly how long I was with him. Just a little over two hours is all.

I keep telling myself that I came out on top of things — alive, anyway — and things could have been a lot worse. But, my initial elation aside, Rollo’s apprehension has not really made me feel any better.

Det. Austin called this afternoon with news. It goes like this: Rollo is scheduled to go to trial on Monday for five felony charges, including rape and kidnapping, in a case not connected with mine. He is facing mucho time for that, and Austin said this case is stronger, because they arrested him only a day or so later and not almost a year later like with me. What the DA is hoping is to use me as leverage to cut a deal with Rollo: he pleads guilty to this other case, and in return they don’t bring up charges for me. The DA wanted Austin to find out how I felt about this. (Which was nice of them. My consent is not required for this deal.) I said I was okay with it. The important thing is that Rollo gets locked up for an extended period. And this arrangement would save me the trouble of having to fly back and testify. I was willing to do it — even eager to, at first — but it would be a very rough experience.

So now the waiting begins again. Hopefully a much shorter waiting. This could go nowhere; Rollo may refuse the deal. But if he does or he doesn’t, I should know pretty soon. And find out Rollo’s real name. I want to know that name.

It looks like this is drawing to a close. Thank goodness.

5 thoughts on “A year ago today

  1. maryjean June 16, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    Stay strong girl! He’s locked up and going away for a long, long time.

  2. Princess Shantae June 17, 2010 / 1:22 am

    Wow what a coincidence, right at the aniversary and all! Did your detective ever even let you know the creep’s name? Maybe you could post a link to an article in the news when it comes out? That woudl be so awesome.

    • Meaghan June 17, 2010 / 4:25 am

      Austin actually couldn’t remember Rollo’s name off the top of his head — unsurprising, he must be juggling a dozen or more cases at any given time — and promised to call me with the name as soon as he got the file back from the DA and could look it up.

      I don’t know if there will be any news but I promise to link to whatever I can find.

  3. donde June 17, 2010 / 1:47 am

    I always wondered….whose responsibility is it to pay for a victims airfare and accomodations? Certainly YOU wouldn’t have to foot that bill. Many people couldn’t afford it and criminals would walk because of it.

  4. Princess Shantae June 17, 2010 / 2:13 am

    Donde, each council, defense and prosecution, has money to pay for their witnesses. They pay their travel and hotel and if they’re profesional witnesses like doctors or something the pros have a fee they’ll charge and which ever council calls them pays that. If a council has a witness that’s important to their case they deiniately pay expenses because they don’t want to risk losing the case over a witness not being able to come. Or the witness really can’t come they can have their statements video taped and play that in the trial.

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