CREATED Jan. 7, 2014
Omaha, NE - The waiting is finally over. "It's been exactly 7 months today since this all happened", says Ruth Siemens.
A family devastated by the loss of a loved one can now breathe a sigh of relief. After months of agony, a Douglas County judge brought justice to the Siemens.
A judge sentenced 29-year-old Jefferson Potter to 50 to 100 years in prison for manslaughter.
In June of 2013, Potter was driving a stolen lawn care pickup, when he slammed into the car Jennifer Siemens was riding in near Leavenworth and Saddle Creek. Potter then hit another car before slamming into a Jiffy Lube. Now a daughter is gone forever.
"My husband will never walk her down the isle as a bride. She will never have children. So you have those sense of losses. It gets easier but I don't know that it will ever be, you know, the way it should have been," says Jennifer's mother Ruth.
Each day gets a little easier for Jen's family but it will never be what it was supposed to be.
"We'll have every Father's day, we'll have every holiday when she's not there. We didn't just lose our daughter, we lost what should have been our son in law."
Knowing the man who took their daughter's life will be behind bars for decades, will help them move forward.
Along with manslaughter Potter was charged with death by unlawful taking and having a gun by a prohibited person. He isn't eligible for parole for at least, 28 years.