Skip to comments.Teen killers confess, get life sentences
Posted on 04/15/2005 5:56:46 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
ATLANTA Judge Paschal English glared at the teenage girl, shackled at the waist, standing before him. He wanted to know what happened before the killings.
Holly Harvey said she and her girlfriend, Sandy Ketchum, both 16, found a large knife and repeatedly stabbed a mattress and a picture of puppies on a wall.
English grilled Harvey for 35 minutes before sentencing her Thursday to two consecutive life terms. She and Ketchum murdered Harvey's grandparents Carl Collier, 74, and Sarah Collier, 73 last August in their Fayette County home.
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She was sentenced to 3 life sentences but will be out in 14 yrs? Just great
Not to worry - I bet they'll be out in 8 years with good behavior ...
Lo and behold! If either of them do more than 7 years, I'll be surprised.
Big news on the Atlanta stations, along with the hearings for Eric Rudolph.
Mother says not responsible for daughters actions
By LEE WILLIAMS
Dressed in a two-piece suit Thursday, Carla Harvey told a small band of reporters that she did not feel she was responsible for the murderous actions of her now 16-year-old daughter, Holly.
Holly Harvey pleaded guilty after learning that her co-defendant, Sandy Ketchum, 16, planned to testify against her at her trial, which was scheduled for May 16 in Thomasville. Ketchums trial was scheduled for May. 23.
In exchange for her plea, Harvey received two consecutive life sentences. Harvey will likely be eligible for parole in 20 years, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said.
Harveys lover and co-conspirator, Ketchum, received a lighter sentence in exchange for her cooperation with authorities.
Ketchum will receive one life sentence in exchange for her plea. She likely will be eligible for parole in 10 years, Ballard said.
Immediately following their courtroom appearances, members of the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fayette County office and Fayette County Sheriff Randall Johnsons office held a press conference to answer additional questions about the case.
One reporter asked Carla Harvey who was incarcerated for drugs when Holly Harvey murdered Carl and Sarah Collier in their north Fayette County home Aug. 2, 2004 how much did she hold herself responsible for what Holly did.
Harvey countered: Absolutely, not at all.
Harvey indicated she did her best to raise her child as a single parent, but admitted it was hard. The Colliers often pitched in to help, but she said Holly had been raised without a father since she was 18 months old.
Harvey indicated that being a parent was the hardest job a person will ever have and she gave it her all.
Her actions were her doing and I cant hold myself responsible for that, Harvey said. You raise your children up, but they get to a point where they make their own decisions.
She added people should be held accountable for their actions. Nevertheless, she would continue to give Holly the love and emotional support she needed during her incarceration.
Kevin Collier, the late Colliers son, stated during the press conference that his adoptive parents loved Holly unconditionally.
They loved her to death, Collier said. They would do anything for her. They would watch her whenever she needed to be watched. They would take her anywhere she needed to go.
Collier said he, too, loved Holly unconditionally. Although he still grieves for his parents, the conclusion of the cases have brought him closer to finding closure.
This is one part of the closure that I need and the family needs, he said. Time will heal certain things. Theres nothing we can do to bring my parents back, but time will heal the tensions and the feelings that I have for Holly.
Did I miss any?
Holly Harvey: "I think I should be dead," she replied.
Judge English: "Well, we both agree on that," he said.
I certainly wouldn't expect tolerance, nor mercy, nor compassion, from someone whose entire existence was predicated on an utter lie.
It's the sign of a societal sickness that our judicial system tolerates this kind of behavior.
What if your daughter was a lesbian? Would you disown her?
These girls are evil, bad to the bone, but it has nothing to do with their sexuality. Here in Philadelphia we just had a 16 year old girl lure a boy to a gruesome beating death with the promise of hetero sex. Is she any less evil because her sexuality was "natural"?
Makes the liberal judges seem tough!
The subhuman filth should be executed. It is disgusting and offensive that the SCOTUS decided that killers under 18 are "children" who shouldn't be responsible for their crimes. That decision was a crime.
Yes until you realize it's only 14 yrs. What's with that? Unless I read it wrong. Man it must have been horrific for those g/parents. Poor souls!
The animal in human form needs love and emotional support in the form of a hail of bullets or the business end of a rope.
It's the kind, humane thing to do.
Too bad life doesn't mean life. These little darlings need to be locked up forever.
I wish they would give them the years they deserve. I think the rate of recidivism is 60% for former murderers turned loose. Let 100 of them out in 20 years and you guarantee 60 more people get killed. Pretty damned stupid!
Well, I should NOT say this, but...I think if she did this for her lesbian relationship, she will be very happy where she is going...Ok, I didn't say that!
This perpetuates the stereotype that homosexuality breeds violence and murder. (If it's widely true, it isn't necessarily a stereotype.)
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