Published On: Feb 03 2012 02:15:28 PM ESTUpdated On: Feb 03 2012 03:21:21 PM EST
Somer Thompson's mother, Diena, talks with Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler as people gather for the final hearing for Jarred Harrell.
Diena Thompson talks with Beseler and State Attorney Angela Corey while waiting for the proceedings to begin.
She looks resolute as the gallery of the fourth-floor courtroom fills to capacity.
Harrell enters the courtroom for the first time in nearly two years to plead guilty to murder, kidnapping, rape and other charges.
After his public defender enters Harrell's plea for abduction, molestation and slaying of the 7-year-old Orange Park girl who was found in a landfill, Harrell confirms that he has voluntarily agreed to plead guilty.
"It is absolutely inconceivable to me and I think to any sane, rational person how you could have committed these acts upon these innocent children," Judge Don Lester said in sentencing Harrell. "With this plea agreement, you are going to die in prison. You will have the rest of your natural life in prison to contemplate the actions committed and the indescribable suffering you have caused to these victims and their families."
The Thompson family was given a chance to make victim impact statements. Somer's grandfather said, "I cannot forgive you for your actions -- I'm not that good of a person -- and you, as a person, are not deserving of my forgiveness. God's speed, justice for our children."
Abigail Thompson, Somer's older sister, tearfully delivered her statement: "You're not even a human being. Your name is not Jarred Harrell. Your name is Monster. I hope you never get out of jail. Of course you won't because you're a child murderer."
Somer Thompson's twin brother, Samuel, glared at Harrell as he told him: "She trusted you, but you had to do what you did. And look where it got you. And now you're going to jail."
Then the ever strong Diena Thompson took the stand and said, "I think that you should look at me, the mother of the child that you strangled and raped and threw in the trash, but, cowardly as always, you can keep you head buried."
"You took her dignity, her virginity and then you took her life. After all that, you then treated my child like trash," Thompson said to Harrell. "I don't know why only you can answer that question. There is no reason that you can provide me. There is only your own pitiful, sorry excuses."
"There will be no 'Rest in Peace' on your headstone, because there's a huge tear in your soul," Thompson told him. "Your admission of guilt made it possible for good people to spare your sorry life. This will be the last breath that I use or waste on you. I'd like to tell the court it's now time to take out the trash. May God have mercy on your sorry, sorry soul."
After the family spoke, Judge Lester then formally sentenced Harrell to six life sentences -- one each for the kidnapping, lascivious molestation, rape and murder of Somer Thompson, two for molestation of a 3-year-old -- plus 35 years for possession of child pornography.
Without making any statement, Harrell left the courtroom.
The long-suffering Diena Thompson -- who had attended more Jarred Harrell hearings than he had -- left the courtroom for the last time.
With the case closed, a packed courtroom full of those who loved Somer and supported her family then filed out of the courtroom.