Murder victim's family upset over probation sentence

Wednesday, August 14th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A 19-year-old girl will spend two months in jail and three years on probation but not for what a Tulsa family was hoping.

Brandy Roberts was given probation for her involvement in the death of an elderly man. Brandy Roberts was in the car when 71-year-old Donald Green died in the truck last December. News on Six reporter Patrina Adger has reaction from both sides as they walked out of court Wednesday. The family of Donald Green is upset that Brandy Roberts won't spend time in jail, at least not for the murder of their father. "We will never have closure.”

Roberts will be held in the Tulsa County jail for 60 days for violating probation. She was also sentenced to three years probation in another court for riding in a stolen vehicle. After the sentence, Judge Morrisey told Roberts she was involved in a heinous crime and hoped that her heart is troubled for the rest of her life. Then an emotion Roberts ran out of the courtroom in tears.

Rickey Green, victim’s son, "She can be mad all she wants and she can storm out but that's not the punishment we wanted to get." Roberts was riding in the car after her stepfather J-B Cole kidnapped and murdered Green. Cole drove to Kentucky and dumped Green's body in the Kentucky River.

Family members say Roberts heard Green begging for his life in the trunk of the car but did nothing. "She drove around for 14 hours with my father in the trunk, knowing a crime had been committed." Donald Green, Jr., victim's son, “My father helped those people especially Brandy. And for her to walk away and not help him, I think she should serve hard time."

They say the court system has failed them and they only hope now, that Brandy is truly sorry for what she's done and can turn her life around.