A Texas woman tearfully took to a courtroom stand Tuesday to confront the man who killed her husband last year.
“I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time to look you in your face again,” Monchelle Garley said with a shaky voice.
Garley’s husband Charles and her unborn child were killed when 19-year-old Graye Coody slammed into their car with his truck while he was high on bath salts in April 2013. Charles Garley was outside of his car putting air in the tires at a gas station in Houston when the incident occurred, according to KHOU-TV.
“I saw my husband’s body mangled on the floor. I couldn’t touch him, I couldn’t talk to him, I couldn’t say goodbye because of your act,” Garley said pointing at Coody, who appeared remorseful in his orange prison uniform.
Coody pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter in Harris County court and received a 10-year prison sentence.
“Do I feel like it’s fair for you to get 10 years? Absolutely not,” Garley continued. “Because that man is gone, my child is gone, and you’ll be able to move forward.”
KHOU reported that Garley didn’t want to hear Coody’s apology, but said she hoped that he would get to know God and would advocate against the use of bath salts from here forward.
“That’s what I want you to understand because this pain is real. Remember my face, because I can’t forget yours,” Garley said.
Watch Garley’s message to the man who killed her husband:
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