Saturday, January 31, 2009


The court held the sentencing hearing yesterday. From my understanding, this was something of a formality since Ragsdale, the prosecutors and the judge had already agreed to a sentence in the plea agreement.

Basically, the hearing was people to express how Kristy's death has affected them. Ann spoke for about 20 minutes, a cousin got up, the parents of the 8-year-old witness spoke about how it has affected him and their lives, and someone a couple others spoke as well.

In the end, the sentence was what we assumed it would be, per the plea agreement -- 20 years to life with the possibility of parole. That means that he won't be eligible for parole for 20 years, but he may never get it. If you read the comments to the online news stories you'll see people are very upset, thinking he got off easy. I have two things to say about that. First, they assume he WILL be out in 20 years, or less, which isn't true. Second, from what we have heard, he will be in solitary confinement for the first five years because the inmates in the state pen have already made it clear how they feel about him. I'm not condoning such behavior, just saying anyone who thinks he's getting off easy is out of touch with reality.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hearing update

David Ragsdale was scheduled to be sentenced today. However, he has apparently been very ill for about ten days and the jailers say he's too weak to move (they would have to take him from the county jail, to the courthouse, then straight to the state prison. The judge has re-scheduled it for 10:30 tomorrow (Friday) morning, ill or not.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Upcoming Cruise!

Tony and I our taking our first cruise in May!

I've always wanted to cruise, but at the same time I used to be a little afraid of falling off the ship. Or more accurately, I was afraid of falling off the ship and getting chopped into pieces by the propeller. I've learned though that the majority of people who fall off the ships are stone drunk or murdered by a spouse. Since Tony loves me too much to do that, I'm not as worried.

We are taking a cruise from San Juan Puerto Rico on May 17th-24th. We get to do several really cool stops. St Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and St Kitts. We used sky miles for the flights, so we just had to buy the cruise.
Any way I'm excited, and would love any tips for those ports if anyone has been there. I have some ideas, but it's always nice to hear opinions.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Christmas Day 2008

Here are a few pics from Christmas Day.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Washington in December

The best shot we could get of all the Palizzi grandkids together.

Brandon with his Hulk Hands.

Ashley making sugar cookies. (I helped.)

Snowman I built in the backyard.

Ashley and Carter playing dress up.

Ashley loves spiderman! It's kind of funny for a little girl, but I think it's because she has so many boy cousins.

Tony and I went to his parents house in Washington for a few days before Christmas. We ended up getting a lot of snow by Washington's standards. It was fun to get together with all of his siblings, but it would have been a little bit nicer if we could have left the house more often. The roads in Washington do not get cleared the way they do in states that get snow more often. Next year maybe we'll have to try having Christmas in Phoenix. I can almost guarantee it won't be white though.