SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A father lashed out in court Friday against the first defendant sentenced for a series of violent home invasion robberies in North San Diego County.
Jordan Wilson was the first defendant to plead guilty in the home invasions and burglaries that frightened families early last year.
Thomas Baxter was one victim who wanted to vent.
"You did not beat us. Yes, you had us under control for 15 minutes; you had a gun to my head, yes, I thought I was going to die but you did not defeat us. We're still here, still standing and you're gonna pay the price for that."
The Baxters had just moved into their home in Sabre Springs when they were targeted. "Unfortunately I left the garage door open, you guys took advantage of that and that's gonna be a long-term difficulty for us and obviously a long term difficulty for you."
Later that night, another family miles away was awakened by the same gang of robbers.
Oldest brother Johnny Cheng was at work, unable to protect his family. He hasn't let go of the anger.
"You assaulted my brothers, which led to so much anger right now, it's ridiculous. I've got so much built up pension it's killing me inside because I can't deal with it."
Then he compared their lots in life.
"Look what's gonna happen; your brother's gonna be missing you for six years, at least and you won't have a brother. Guess what I'm doing? I'm going to Comic-Con with my brother right now afterward, so enjoy your punishment!"
Superior Court Judge Joan Weber sentenced Wilson to eight years in prison.
Moments later, Robin Shawver was visibly upset at her sentencing. The single mom never broke into any houses but admitted driving a get-away car and pawning stolen goods.
One victim, who didn't want to be identified, said her life has been forever changed. "I hope you can imagine how terrifying it is to be abruptly woken in the middle of the night in your own bedroom; tied up, held at gunpoint, fearing for your three children's safety down the hall and out of reach. Needless to say this was the most terrifying and traumatic experience of my life."
But she's not broken.
"You can steal my things but you can't steal my joy."
Then the reason she felt compelled to come to court; her faith.
"I want you to know that it's very important for me to be here in person to tell you, I forgive you. I feel no ill will or anger toward you and I've been praying for you since I learned you were involved."
And as she wiped tears, the defendant quietly sobbed at the defense table.
Judge Weber handed down a stipulated prison term of three years.
Five other defendants are yet to have their days in court.