CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Many victims and families watched the verdict at the Aurora theater shooting trial inside the courtroom. But one survivor, Jansen Young, watched outside with FOX31 Denver.
Her boyfriend died in the attack. His was first name the judge read Thursday afternoon.
She wore the same shirt she wore the first time she met her boyfriend. She sat, held hands and nervously listened to Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. read the first count, a murder charge involving Jonathan Blunk. He got shot in the head while protecting Young when gunfire broke out at the Batman movie on July 20, 2012.
The guilty verdict brought three years of waiting to an emotional end.
"It's over and I feel justice, I really do," Young said. "Thank goodness for Jon because I had no idea what was going on at the movie theater. If he weren't there to be conscious of his surroundings, I would be dead."
Blunk was a trained firefighter and EMT, the kind of guy who would try to save a life.
But he had told her before he favored the death penalty, which presents a dilemma now for Jansen, who is not in favor of it.
"I would feel guilt, but if they do I'm going to be OK with that too because I think because I think Jon deserves justice and that's what he would've wanted in life," she said.
She will worry about that when the penalty phase of the case begins next week. For now she's intent on honoring the man she loved and focusing on the justice he got Thursday.
Jansen said she put her life on hold, and she hopes now she's going to be able to move forward with many things in her life.AlertMe