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Murdered mom's family faces killer

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Updated: 5/26/2010 9:57 pm

Jacksonville, Fla.-- The family of a local pizza delivery woman murdered last year comes face to face with her killer for the first time.

Sarah Hotham was murdered in December by three teens. Hotham's family faced the person who pulled the trigger for the first time to ask why. "I wanted to really look at him, to ask him questions to know why," said Sarah Hotham's sister Roxanne Tweedy.

Tweedy still has a hole in her heart. She misses her sister everyday. One thing she's wanted for five months, to face Sarah Hotham's killer. "What was he thinking, what made him choose to pull the trigger that night," said Tweedy.

Those were the questions she asked him today. "He said part of it is getting caught up with friends, ideas and plans. He did keep saying I made the choice. I did it."

Johnathan Hartley was just 15 when he killed Hotham. Even through all the pain, Tweedy says, she feels for Hartley's family too. "His family, his mom, has lost her son, her baby."

Tweedy says she's trying to forgive Hartley. She just wants him to know what he took. Hotham was a mother, a sister and a hard working woman who would've helped him if he'd just asked. "If you had just walked up to her, and said ma'am I'm hungry, she would've given you the pizza," said Tweedy.

Hartley will be sentenced tomorrow. He faces 40 years to life. The other two teenagers charged in Hotham's death will be sentenced next month.
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FlaMom123 - 5/27/2010 9:26 AM
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scomfort - get to school, go beg your spelling teacher for extra help.

scomfort - 5/27/2010 8:50 AM
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lock him up! Sad thing is he won't get ranbilation just more education on how to do the crime w/o doing the time. I doubt many if any in there for the same crim give a hott about the left behind family or even think twice about what landin them there..except maybe the ones who allowed their victims to live...the they most likely say dar should have killed 'em so no witness.
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