Incredible moment dad forgives pedophile who raped and killed his daughter, 9
This is the incredible moment a father looked the pedophile who raped and killed his nine year-old daughter in the eye and forgave him. Jerome Williams offered the olive branch to Granville Richie, 41, as Richie was sentenced to death on Friday for the May 2014 sex killing of Williams’ daughter Felecia.
Speaking in a calm, measured voice during the sentencing hearing in Tampa, Florida, Williams said: ‘I’m not like everybody else, bro. I ain’t got no ill will against you. The journey you got ahead of you going to need God. I forgive you.’
Williams also explained why he chose to forgive instead of seeking revenge, saying: ‘A lot of people would have suffered if I would have dealt with it.(vengefully)’
The grieving dad spoke of his own spell behind bars for an unspecified crime, and told Richie to try and seek forgiveness from God while on death row. Richie could be seen joining his hands, and sat quietly as he was addressed by his victim’s dad.
Williams was rehabilitated by his time in prison, and is now training to become a legal interpreter, according to WFLA.
Felecia died after a family friend named Eboni Wiley brought the youngster to Richie’s house in Temple Terrace, Florida, to buy weed from him.
Richie told Wiley he’d left Felecia walk to a nearby store to buy candy after the youngster went missing, and Wiley asked where she’d gone.
Wiley is said to have left Richie alone with Felecia for an hour, and returned to find him ‘shirtless and sweating.’
Felecia’s naked body was later found in a suitcase that had been dumped in a river, with Richie arrested three months after the youngster was found dead.
She had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death, with investigators finding ‘a mountain of evidence’ that linked her to Richie.
Williams also told Richie that he was convinced his daughter’s final words had been to call out for her father.
He said: ‘I’m pretty sure you know my baby called out for me.
‘I wasn’t there for my baby, but I’m going to make sure I’m there for my others.’
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