Justice for Evelyn Courtney
On Friday, we laid Evelyn to rest in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. It was a peaceful and beautiful day, surrounded by family. Evelyn has a nice view of the San Diego skyline, the harbor, North Island Naval Air Station, and the Pacific Ocean.
Evelyn shouldn’t be there, but she is. She is there because the person who assumed responsibility for her safety once she got in his car, Robbie Gillespie, was high on methamphetamine and chose to run a red light instead of stopping. Evelyn thankfully did not suffer, but now the rest of us suffer her loss because of one man’s negligence.
Many people have been affected by the loss of Evelyn. Her family, friends, and colleagues will never be the same.
To Evelyn’s friends and to the friends of the family we would like to ask you for one more favor in addition to the outpouring of love, support, and prayers for our broken family.
On December 6th, 2013, Robbie Gillespie faces sentencing for the crimes of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter and Possession of a Controlled substance. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and 8 months for his crimes. We want to ensure that he gets the maximum sentence.
How can you help?
You can write a letter to Judge Moring of Dept 30, in care of San Diego Deputy District Attorney Dan Link.
- Remember you are addressing the court, not Robbie Gillespie.
- Keep your language clean. Excessive cursing may not get your letter read.
- Inform the court of any direct concerns for your safety.
- Remember that your letter may become part of the public record and may be read aloud in the courtroom. Media may be present.
- Express how the crime has affected you physically or mentally.
- Make sure you say who you are writing about.
Where to send your letters:
By Email: Linda Peña
By Postal Mail:
Attn: Dan Link (or Linda Peña)
Office of District Attorney
PO Box 121011
San Diego, CA 92112
By Fax: 619-515-8528, Attn: Dan Link or Linda Peña
You may wish to come to the hearing, but you should know that seating is limited and it is unlikely that you will be able to read your statement aloud. It is better if you can send your statement by one of the methods listed above.