The final decision rested with the judge, who read it before the court: "You brutalized your wife continually. You kept her under your control. You made your children endure this ordeal along with your wife. … You lack remorse and if you were not in prison you would continue to be a danger to your family and others. … I will sentence you to a life term with a possibility of parole in state prison."
The once-prominent defense lawyer had lost his most important case.
He says he plans to appeal because, in reality, he's the victim.
"I'm in here for crimes that I did not commit. Yeah, I'm a victim. But you know what, that's all secondary to one thing, my children. I love my kids. … I can do time all day long. I can't be without my kids. I miss 'em. And I know that it's hurting them."
Susan and her children are in a new home with a new start and some old memories.
"My kids and I will be dealing with issues from this abusive situation for the rest of our lives. So in that sense, no, we're never free from it. But I'm no longer under his control. His brainwashing no longer has any effect. My thoughts are my own now. So, in that sense, I feel free," she said.
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