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Padron’s Family And Friends React to Death Sentence

Updated: Tuesday, March 11 2014, 12:30 PM CDT

It's been a long few weeks for Padron's family and friends. They say they are relieved the trial is finally over.

After the sentence was read, many took the stand one final time to speak directly to Brandon Daniel.

"You're a pathetic coward who deserves nothing less than pain, torture, and hell," said Amy Padron, Jaime's ex-wife.

Emotional words coming from the family and friends of Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron. After two years of wondering what would happen to the man who ripped their lives apart, they finally know.

"You will be forgotten and no one will care what happens to you," she said.

Padron's daughters did not take the stand last night, but were very much present in the courtroom.

Our daughters have struggled without their daddy, they go to counseling every week, they're doing a little better but the loss of their daddy is huge," she said.

While they never spoke a word their message was loud and clear as their mother read hand written notes.

Why did you kill my dad? He was important and meant so much to me and he was funny. He was an amazing guy, why did you kill him?" she read.

The family, still very angry, feels justice is served.

"There are no winners in this thing. We'll continue to move on painfully like we have since the day that this tragic thing happened to us," said Jaime's brother Johnny.


Padron’s Family And Friends React to Death Sentence

Fallen Austin Officers

Amy Donovan

Amy Donovan, 37, Oct. 31, 2004
Officer Donovan was chasing a suspect on foot in East Austin. Her partner put the patrol car in reverse and tried to block the man's escape route. During the chase, the patrol car struck Donovan and pinned her next to a utility pole. Donovan had been a police officer for five months. She was survived by a husband and four children.

Clinton Hunter

Clinton Hunter, 22, Nov. 29, 2001
Officer Hunter was on the I-35 access road near Onion Creek waiting to deploy a stinger, a device used to puncture and flatten tires, to stop car during a chase. The car hit and killed Hunter. He had been an officer for 14 months. Hunter is survived by a wife and two children.

Drew Alan Bolin

Drew Alan Bolin, 25, June 2, 1995
Officer Bolin was directing traffic at an accident site on I-35 when a drunk driver hit and killed him. Bolin had been an officer for five months. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.

Robert Martinez Jr.

Robert Martinez Jr., 26, February 25, 1989
Officer Robert Martinez Jr. died when his patrol car struck a tree. Martinez, who was en route to assist another officer, swerved to avoid a pick up truck that had pulled into his path.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, 28, December 15, 1979
Officer Smith was chasing a suspect on MoPac when he lost control of his motorcycle. He died from his injuries several months later.

Ralph A. Ablanedo

Ralph A. Ablanedo, 26, May 18, 1978
Officer Ablanedo was shot to death during a traffic stop. The passenger in the car, David Lee Powell, had a warrant for his arrest. He shot Ablanedo with an AK-47. Powell was executed for the murder in 2010.

Read the entire list here.


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