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Family finds healing in life sentence for daughter’s murderer

Pankie Nolan couldn’t find the words to describe how her daughter’s killing two years ago affected her family as she testified on the second day of Ruben Ramos III’s murder trial. She broke down in tears and left the courtroom.

Ramos, 23, pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial Monday in the 364th District Court to the Oct. 13, 2015, killing of 23-year-old Nakasha Nolan.

After Ramos was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, Pankie Nolan’s words of loss were finally spoken in a victim impact statement read in court by Mona Nolan, Nakasha Nolan’s step grandmother, during a victim impact statement.

“I suffer every day and will continue to for the rest of my life,” Pankie Nolan wrote. “Nakasha was a very loved person. Every time you see her you saw a beautiful smile upon her face, and that was

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Prosecutors seek life sentence in Lubbock woman’s ‘inhumane’ stabbing death

Courtney Boyd, an assistant Lubbock County district attorney, stood before jurors Tuesday and used her opening statement to prepare them for the gruesome case they were about to hear. She told them that, after hearing the evidence in the case, she was confident they would find the only punishment that would bring justice to the family of a slain 23-year-old woman was a life sentence for her killer, Ruben Ramos III.

“Nothing changes the cruelty of the crime you’re going to see,” she said. “Nothing fixes the inhumane way Nakasha Nolan died.”


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Ramos, 23, on Monday pleaded guilty to murder before jury selection in his trial in the 364th District Court. He faces a punishment of five years to life in

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Fortney: ‘A life sentence on earth is nothing, compared to what waits for you’

“It’s impossible to describe the pain and loss — no words, no language.” 

On Tuesday morning, Rod O’Brien addresses a Calgary courtroom to talk about losing his five-year-old son Nathan to a cold-blooded killer. He last saw him on the morning of June 29, 2014 just before his son left with mom Jennifer to spend a day with his grandparents. “I’m constantly asked by them,” he says of his two other sons, Max and Luke, “Why did Nathan have to go to heaven?”

After a five-week trial that detailed the methodical planning and killing of his mother and father-in-law Kathy and Alvin Liknes, along with his little boy, it’s finally the turn of Rod and other loved ones of Douglas Garland’s victims to have their voices heard in the proceedings, as five of them share their experiences and life in the aftermath of the horrific crime. 

Rod O’Brien speaks just after his wife

Read more at: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fortney-a-life-sentence-on-earth-is-nothing-compared-to-what-waits-for-you