Today, Judge Timothy Kenny allowed 5 family members of Rosie Woolwine to speak on the impact of Rosie’s death on the family.
Impact Statements were read by: Rebecca Lugo (Rosie’s mother), Ruby Woolwine (Rosie’s twin sister), Joseph Sajewski II (Rosie’s youngest child), Sarah Ramirez (Rosie’s eldest child), and Theresa Ramirez (Rosie’s middle child – see previous blog post for Theresa’s full statement).
The judge allowed Juan Cruz to say his final remarks, which were: “I want to tell the Woolwine family that I am sorry for their loss, from the bottom of my heart”. This came too late, and as Judge Kenny verbally lashes Cruz for not only his flee from authorities in 1989, but for demanding that his getaway driver/other girlfriend whom he also abused, iron his clothing for his departure to Mexico. This speaks to the nature of Juan Cruz and the crucial fact that he should not be allowed to ever exist amongst law abiding citizens.
Juan Cruz is sentenced to spend 42-92 years in prison for his 2 charges of Second Degree Murder, and Possession of a Firearm in a Felony Crime. He will not be eligible for parole until 2053, at which point he would be 97 years old.
When asked if I would be ready to fight parole in 40 years, I simply said: “Even if I’ll need my walker! By then I’ll be 70.”