Scott Kimball pleads guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of LeAnn Emry, Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and Terry Kimball, and is sentenced to 70 years in prison.
In an emotional hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center, the victims’ families finally have a chance to face the man who killed their loved ones.
LeAnn Emry’s mother said her daughter was “no more important to him than the carcass of a dead animal.”
“He made the deliberate choice to murder, and he made that choice at least four times,” Darlene Emry said through tears.
Kaysi McLeod’s father said his daughter would have been 26 if she were alive.
“I was present, right there, the very moment that Kaysi took her first breath in this world,” Rob McLeod said. “Scott Kimball was there to take her last.”
Lori McLeod faces her former husband in court and says God has received her daughter.
“I believe that Kaysi has forgiven Scott Kimball,” she says. “I choose to forgive Scott Kimball.”
Jennifer Marcum’s family reiterated their plea for Kimball to show them where he left Jennifer’s body.
“There is not going to be any place for your soul until you truly repent and you tell me where my sister is,” Tammy Marcum demanded.
Jennifer’s father told the court that Kimball “has destroyed our lives.”
“How many other people are missing as a result of his life?” Bob Marcum said. “It’s time for Scott to be a man and give back what he took from us.”
Kimball remained silent.
After the hearing, his cousin and self-described spokesman, Ed Coet, said Kimball was sorry but laid much of the blame at the FBI’s feet for the agency’s decision to use him as an informant.
“I do want the families of all the victims, and the public, to know that although I must be held accountable for my crimes, none of this could have occurred, and the victims would not have been killed had the FBI not driven me into the extremely dangerous underworld in which both I and the murdered victims found ourselves,” Coet said on Kimball’s behalf.