DENVER — It took 16 years to get a convicted murderer into a Denver courtroom for killing a mother of three.
But justice may not be so simple for the victim’s family—where even a day in prison for the suspect seems too long to them.
There is a reason why.
Everett Donelson of Parker feels the sting of his daughter, Sheri Majors’ vicious murder in 1996, by a man who lived in freedom for 14 years before turning himself in last year.
Chester Todd had already been in prison for killing a man in 1967. And now with a life sentence likely, Majors’ family feels it’s not quite fair.
There are many forms of justice in this world.
“No, I don’t particularly want the charge dropped. I want everybody to know he’s convicted of this crime, of murder, that he’s a murderer,” says Donelson.
But for the 69-year-old, justice provided by the courts may not be the most fair.
“He’s getting what he wants absolutely. He gets three meals a day, a bed, a warm room to stay in and he’s getting his medication and I have to pay for it.”
Todd, 68, a former trucker, 16 years earlier allegedly raped and beat to death Donelson’s 27-year-old daughter—her body dumped in an alley at 2450 Blake St.
“He’s pretty sick today. I don’t feel too bad about it,” says Donelson.
Todd fled justice for 14 years before Parkinson’s disease forced him to reveal his true identity to get treatment at a Las Vegas hospital.
It’s treatment he’ll receive behind bars.
“I’d certainly like to be able to take that away from him. But I’m unable to. I know I am,” says Donelson.
Part of him would like the judge to release Todd upon conviction.
“The only thing you are going to have is your little walker and you’re just going to be on the street on your own, ’cause we as the taxpayers don’t want to pay your way anymore,” says Donelson, about what he’d like to hear the judge say.
Todd took his daughter, and now Donelson will pay for Todd’s medical care that’s better than his own.
Justice can be complicated.
“The hurt will always be there. We know justice will be done. I feel a little justice is upon him right now, he’s living with a disease that’s incurable,” he says.
But he says the biggest justice is yet to come, when Todd’s brain disorder takes his life.
“One day he’ll stand before our Lord,” says Donelson.
Majors left behind three young sons that her parents raised.
Todd will be back in court Jan. 17.
He pleaded not guilty on Thursday, even though he’d earlier confessed to police that he did it.