Victim Impact Statement
The sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 10, 2021 at 9am in the Presiding Courtroom, E-942 on the 9th floor of the King County Courthouse, located at 516 3rd Avenue.
Anyone may submit a written victim's impact statement to the court. These statements will be gathered up by the victim's advodcate Tiffany Attrill (email@example.com) by the 4pm on Tuesday November 30th and delivered to the court prior to the sentencing hearing.
During the sentencing hearing, those close to Lita will have an opportunity to address the court regarding the impact the crime has had on them.
Your Statement Should Include
- Your name
- The case number: 18-1-02377-3
- A description of your relationship to Lita
- How this crime has affected your life
The emotional impact Lita's murder has had on you
changes in your attitudes or feelings (how you feel about yourself and others, whether your outlook on life has changed as a result of the murder)
changes in your behaviour (change of lifestyle, ways of coping, sleep patterns, eating and drinking habits)
changes in your relationships with spouse, family, friends or work associates
short and long term mental health trauma (post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety)
any counseling you have sought or received
A description the impact Lita's murder has caused in your daily life
- work or study commitments
- family or social life (friendships, social events, sporting commitments)
- how safe you feel
- how your life has changed since the murder
- how you see your future
- what you miss most about Lita
- Your thoughts on an appropriate punishment for the defendant
A Victim's Impact Statement Should NOT Include
Any content you know is false – all information submitted to the court must be truthful. The inclusion of false information could discredit the entire victim impact statement.
Threats against the defendant or his family – threatening to cause harm to a person is a crime.
Abusive language – comments should focus on how the defendant's actions in committing the crime affected you, rather than your views on the defendant himself.
Irrelevant information – it is not necessary or appropriate for a victim impact statement to contain information about things that are not relevant to the crime.
Confidential information – it is important not to share confidential information relating to the victim, defendant or any other person.
Other crimes you believe the offender committed – the judge will be sentencing the defendent for the crime for which he has been convicted and alleged crimes cannot be considered.
- Comments about the judge, prosecution, defense, jury or witnesses
Submitting Your Victim Impact Statement
Victim impact statements must be received by the victim's advocate Tiffany Attrill (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 4pm on Tuesday November 30th in order to be presented to the court.