Family members of killer nurse’s victims deliver emotional impact statements in court

It’s arduous sufficient to lose a cherished one, however the households of Heather Pressdee’s victims say they misplaced their family members twice.

>> Families of killer nurse’s victims react to life sentence

In court, we heard heartwarming tales and painful reminiscences as household members confronted Pressdee for the primary and ultimate time.

>> Killer nurse pleads guilty to killing, harming care home residents with insulin

“When I heard what happened to her that’s when I cried. And I couldn’t stop crying,” Tricia Hughes, the daughter of Betty McQueenie wrote.

“We knew one day God would call our mother home. Unfortunately, God didn’t make that call for Peggy. Heather Pressdee made that call,” Keith Laskovich, the son of Marguerite “Peggy” Laskovich, mentioned.

Their emotional and tearful sufferer impact statements spanned a number of hours as Pressdee sat impassive.

The victims all died in nursing residence amenities underneath Pressdee’s care.

Two males and two girls survived Pressdee’s makes an attempt, however their households say they’ll by no means be the identical.

Betty Hutchison, 95, suffered a stroke after Pressdee gave her insulin. Her household mentioned she misplaced the use of her palms and speech.

“She can’t read her bible by herself any longer, but we read and go and pray with her,” mentioned Hutchison’s sister Sherry Gibson

If Pressdee’s sentencing was a funeral, Gibson could have delivered the eulogy.

Her household is deeply non secular and instructed Pressdee, “One day you will stand before another judge in a higher court. We have a promise from God that he still loves you.”

A second of grace amid comprehensible and overwhelming anger is the one-time Pressdee broke down in tears.

“I looked over and I saw her reaching for her Kleenex, kind of dabbing her eyes and said, ‘Lord you know what’s best. You know what had to be said here. And with your help, I tried to say it,’” Gibson mentioned.

Most of the time, Pressdee appeared stoic and averted eye contact in the course of the sufferer impact statements. She grew to become emotional solely twice.

Before she was sentenced, Pressdee cried, apologizing to the victims’ households and her personal saying, “I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done. I know I’ve impacted a lot of people’s lives.”

The choose mentioned the sentence handed all the way down to Pressdee displays the depravity of her actions, and that she betrayed sufferers’ and households’ belief. “It brings accountability and atonement for your horrific crimes,” the choose mentioned.

Pressdee will now spend the remainder of her life in jail with no likelihood of parole.

Below, we’ve included a couple of extra excerpts from Thursday’s impact statements:

“She offered us chairs, tissues, and condolences. That’s another level of cruel,” – Alecia Gallagher, granddaughter of Louise Skinner.

“All families deserve the justice of the first-degree murder charge my family got,” – Linda White, daughter of Gerald Shrum Sr.

“I hope you live to be 100,” – Marlene, relative of Jack Rogers.

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