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September 6, 2013

Freeman's apology at sentencing no solace to slain 5-year-old girl

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Tonawanda News — “I thought to myseld, this doesn’t happen here,” Sloma said. “But it did. And we’re left to figure out why it happened, But we still don’t know.”

Freeman’s defense had considered a possible insanity defense in the case. But abandoned that when experts could only identity that Freeman may have had fetal alcohol syndrome, a diagnosis his attorneys said was insufficient for an insanity plea.

The experts said the syndrome might have caused Freeman to act irrationally when he, while watching Isabella, could not get her to go to sleep. Sloma scoffed at that explanation.

“We know that the last words Isabella spoke were, ‘It’s your turn to color.’ I’m puzzled how that triggered the brutal murder of a little girl,” she said. “This is what makes him so dangerous, He couldn’t even tell us why (he killed Isabella).”

Sloma described Freeman as “calm and deliberate” in describing “the killing in cold detail.”

“He showed no remorse,” she said. “He is a dangerous individual. A person who killed a baby with his bare hands and couldn’t explain why.”

Sloma said investigators even looked to see if the murder might have been the result of an attempted sexual assault. Freeman was blunt in his response.

“He said, ‘I didn’t rape her. I just killed her’,” Sloma said.

Murphy had already agreed to a sentence of 22 years to life in prison for Freeman’s guilty plea to charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. Yet, before he imposed the sentence, the judge took the opportunity to express his own sense of outrage over the crime

“Every now and then, a crime comes along that is so depraved that even the most hardened heart must feel the outrage,” Murphy said. “You choked the life out of that little girl for no reason.”

Outside the courtroom, Jack Tennant rejected Freeman’s remorse and said the sentence was what he had expected.

“(Freeman’s) not sorry. he’s definitely not sorry,” Tennant said. “The judge followed the law. I’d be satisfied if (Freeman) never saw the light of day.”

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