This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A mother's agony explodes as killer of son sentenced (Washington)

A mother's agony explodes as killer of son sentenced

By Natalie Singer
Seattle Times staff writer

A mother's anguished roar pierced the silence of a King County courtroom Friday as she confronted the man who killed and mutilated her 25-year-old son, Microsoft program manager David Barzilai.

"Just as he butchered David's body, he emotionally butchered our family," Linda Barzilai shouted, pointing to Ronald Lakey, who was awaiting sentencing in a red jail jumpsuit, surrounded by six sheriff's deputies.

"There are no words to express my grief and pain."

Minutes later, Superior Court Judge Douglass North delivered a sentence that left the family and friends of Barzilai, who was stabbed more than 200 times in his Belltown apartment in 2002, heartbroken all over again.

Lakey, who claimed a methamphetamine-induced delirium caused him to kill Barzilai, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the crime of first-degree manslaughter with the aggravated circumstance of deliberate cruelty.

The prosecution had asked the judge for a sentence of 40 years.

"This sentence does not reflect the monstrous brutality of this heinous crime that cost David his life," the victim's family said later in a statement. "We are devastated ... and fear for the people of Washington when this criminal is released."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a juror in favor of second degree murder in the Barsali killing, I am having nightmares about the case but cannot begin to understand the suffering of his family this whole thing is so wrong I feel so sad for everyone hit buy this, this is all I can say but now I feel effected not in the same way but more as an outsider that was forced to be an insider. (thats the only way I can express it) I wish I could say sorry to the Barsali famaly, I wish I could restore there joy, there happyness or at least the idea that some of us in this world are good poeple. Grant Fryer juror #2

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 1:59:00 AM  

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