“I felt so sorry for Mr. Peters,” Patricia McDoulett said. “I realize he had made some poor choices that put his life in danger and everyone else’s life in danger. Him having to go back to prison is going to put his life in danger. I felt sorry for the man, to be perfectly honest. I hated that for him.”
Schumacher went directly into the punishment stage of the trial, when the jurors were informed Peters had already had three previous felony convictions related to drugs on his record. Because of that, they had three options to choose from, including 20 years to life, 10 years to life or four years to life.
Douglas asked for the jury to have mercy. Puckett asked for a life sentence.
“It’s not a crime or a defendant that deserves a minimal sentence,” Puckett said.
But Douglas said he will appeal the ruling on the grounds that the jury was only given the option of first-degree manslaughter. If that fails, Peters will have to serve 85 percent of the 38 years before he is eligible for parole.
Regardless, Patricia McDoulett is going to try and move on with her life. She knows nothing will bring her daughter back, but it’s the memories she said she will have to deal with for the rest of her life.
“I am going to start by trying to unpack some of her boxes that I still have in my living room,” Patricia said as tears rolled down her face. “I can’t pick up anything that is hers and just hold it close to my heart. I cry like a baby every single day. Just try to do the best you can and maybe after all this I can get to where I can open a box and not bawl like a baby.”