Archive for February, 2013

David's tombstone at unveiling at family plot

One space left in family plot, on left of David’s (not visible in pic). My parents had bought the family plot when all were alive, and the fourth plot was for Lenny, David’s long-term partner, whom my parents accepted as part of our family. David and Lenny separated, and I suppose the 4th plot is now mine, awaiting my final visitation.

Bad News

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yesterday, moments after the deal seemed to be effected, it was already off the table. After turning down an already accepted plea bargain of 30 years, the judge decided that even the newly agreed upon 40 years was not sufficient for the crimes committed by Maxim Hoppens. She, thusly, attached another five years per additional crimes related to the murder: two counts of forgery and one for the use of a stolen credit card (called “access device fraud”). She is imposing the sentence for these crimes as consecutive, adding an additional fifteen years to the prison term: 55 years in total. It remains to be seen how team Hoppens will respond to this additional requirement. The scuttlebutt around town is that the judge prides herself on being a “tough” judge (surely not always a bad thing). A dreaded trial may be the outcome: an outcome that she may prefer, but that I don’t.

As of 11 am this morning

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Maxim Hoppens has pled guilty to the murder of David M. Goldberg and has agreed on a plea bargain of 40 years at hard labor. The judge has accepted this plea, as has the DA’s office, and the family of David.
Thanks to the heavenly lord above that we have been spared the ordeal and agony of a trial.
Now that this plea has been accepted, I am going to post the write-up of my meeting with Louise, Max’s mother. At the first aborted plea bargain hearing last month, when the judge ruled that the 30 year agreement all parties had made was not sufficient, Louise and I said hello to each other. I think a trial would have killed her. She looked seriously diminished as a human being from when I first saw her, when her defenses were still in place, when she was blaming David for his own murder, and when she was apparently still in denial about both what had happened and what was going to happen next.