Sample Victim Impact Statements

Sample Victim Impact Statements

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Sample 1

On November 10, 2007 Jay Dooley beat me.  He slammed my back over the top of my chain link fence over and over and pulled my hair forcing my neck as far back as he could.  He turned me around and started slamming me into my fence hitting my chest against the fence.  He punched me in the neck, chest, and abdomen.  He kept threatening to punch me in the face.  He tried to break my arm. I begged him to stop while trying to protect my face.  He slammed me face first into the side of my house and tried to pull my pants down, grabbing me and bruising my inner thighs.  He pushed me over the hood of my car and kept threatening to f-me bloody.  He pulled my hair bending my neck backwards until he knocked me down on the ground and then he was on top of me and I could not breathe.  He bit me so hard on my back that it broke the skin.  He kicked me in the upper back before he left.  I had over 40 bruises on my body.  He called me the next morning and laughed and said, “boy I sure f-d you up didn’t I?”

A few days later he tackled me in my own driveway as I was trying to get into my car and he whispered in my ear asking me, “If I knew what kind of damage he could do to me?”  He then asked me “if I was ready to die”, and he had his car key between his knuckles with his clenched fist. He said he was going to kill me and himself and then we could spend eternity together.  My landlord showed up and stopped him.  I then realized that he was possibly going to kill me if I called the police or not; so I went for help knowing that he might follow through with his threats.

He told me if I tried to get a restraining order or call the police that I would be dead before the police could even get to me and then he would kill himself.

On April 14, 2007 Jay showed up at my house with a knife to his own throat and said he was going to do it.  He then cut his wrist in front of my son and me.  I thought he was going to kick my gate in and get my son or me.  It was terrifying.  There was so much blood everywhere.  I had to scrub all the blood away that the fireman didn’t get with their fire hose.

Jay Dooley has hurt my body causing permanent damage to my jaw, neck, and back.  He has damaged my car and my home.  He has threatened to burn my house down if I didn’t meet him; he has kicked in my locked gate too many times to count.  He has slammed me against my front door breaking my door.  He has called me just to tell me that he didn’t get rid of all his guns.  He has threatened to rape me. He has stalked me and as he words it, “hunt me down like the dog I am to him.” He has jumped on the hood of my car while I was moving, trying to stop me from getting away.  He has thrown things at me.  He has gone to my work, my gym, and my meetings and humiliated me in front of my friends.  He has even followed one of my friends scaring her so she was afraid to drive home.  He has threatened to go to my sons work, my family’s homes and kill himself in front of one of them if I didn’t meet him.  He has come to my work threatening to make a scene if I didn’t leave work.  He has blocked my way on the road with his truck and his motorcycle trying to get me to pull over and talk with him.  He has hit me in the side of the head, the face, and taken my cell phone and destroyed it while I tried to call police.  He has choked me.  He has tried to break into my house when I wasn’t home and forced his way into my house when I was home.  He has kept me from my home for hours in fear of him finding me.  He has kept me against my will in parking lots by blocking my car so I couldn’t leave.  He has followed me into a public restroom, kicking in the stall door to get to me.  He has rammed my car with his while I was driving.  He has threatened to kill me, my landlord, himself, and the police officer that arrested him.  He has terrorized me for months.

This has cost me emotionally, mentally, physically and financially.  I have been getting treatment for my neck and back.  I have missed time from work.  This has affected my family and the people that love me because they are afraid he is going to kill me and they did not need this worry especially in the midst of a family tragedy.  My hands shake all the time and I don’t feel safe anywhere.  I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and am getting treatment for that. My therapist explained to me that I was in flight or fight mode for so many months and what kind of damage that has done to me mentally, emotionally and to my physical health.  I still hear noises at night and I still get scared, even when I knew he was in jail and couldn’t get me.  He has taken away my security and sense of safety. He has now filed for a restraining order against me and I have not done anything, it is just another way for him to harass me.   Jay has no regard for anyone else.  He has no regard for the law.  He has violated the court ordered restraining order.  He has already violated the plea bargain agreement and that makes me even more afraid for my life.

Sample 2

Your Honor,

I am Andy Copeland, the victim’s son.  How dad feels about what happened is difficult to say.  He does not understand all that happened.  He knows, for instance, he was broke for a while and now he has money again.  But he really does not understand why.  When I first got him home I asked if there was anything I could get him and he asked for some money.  So I took him to the bank and we got some money from the ATM.  He was so grateful.  I told him, “Dad it’s your money.”  “Oh”, he replied but I don’t think he understood.  I asked how he had been getting by before if he didn’t have any money and he said that a woman helped him a little.  I asked him where she got her money.  He said he didn’t know.  I asked where his money went.  He said didn’t know.  He just believed he did not have any money.  He thought he only had a small pension.  He was frustrated trying to deal with creditors and puzzled why he did not have the income he used to have. 

The first time dad told me about Cindy I thought that it was nice that he had found someone to spend time with.  Then, later, I found out she was many years younger and had a history of drug abuse.  This bothered me, but dad was happy.  He said that he was helping her.  He drove her around to all the places she needed to be and he drove her kids around.  He spent a lot of money on gas.  He told me how much he spent one month and I said that was about what I spent in a year.  But he said they didn’t have a reliable car.  It was something he could do to help.  The best thing was how proud he was to help Cindy complete drug rehab.  He really wanted to make a difference in her life and in the life of her family.

Dad had mentioned a few times before September, when I came down to California, that he was having some money issues.  I thought he was just spending too much money on Cindy, but that he was in control of what he was spending.  On the phone dad always sounded fine.  And he said he was working through it.  But when I got down there the situation was worse than I ever expected.  We talked with neighbors and went to the bank.  The worst story I heard was at the bank where people spoke about dad coming into the bank, dirty and disheveled, to get money to pay his bills.  The bank employees offered to help dad write the checks, but he said that that Cindy told him he needed to pay with cash.

When we brought dad home we forwarded his telephone to our phone.  And the phone rang and rang. You could see the frustration on dad’s face as he talked with the creditor’s and told them he didn’t have any money.  Then he would hand the phone back to Shirley, my wife, who spent a great deal of time dealing with dad’s creditors.

My frustration is partly with myself that I was not nosier about what was going on in dad’s life.  But my greater disappointment is with the State of California who also failed dad.  They had reliable information that he was being abused and did not follow up on it!

Cindy stole more than money.  He wanted to help her.  And then when his mind started to betray him and he needed her help, she took advantage of him.  It is worse than stopping to help a motorist stranded on the road side and then having your car hijacked and your wallet stolen.  It is worse because this is someone dad knew and befriended.  Cindy needs to be held accountable.  Thank you.

Sample 3

Your Honor,

In the interest of the court, I want to state briefly the effects that the criminal actions of Rosemary Catherine Davis have had on me.

Since the crime, as much as I would like to enjoy my house, I go there with a certain amount of fear. I have spent a large sum of money safeguarding my house with an alarm system and cameras.  Yet I still feel very little security. When I am there, I try to enjoy myself with the things I like to do, such as gardening, but find myself constantly on the alert.  I have no idea what she might do next. But of more importance to me, neither my friends nor my family feel comfortable staying up at my house because of what has happened.  I have a hard time relaxing or sleeping in my own home.

KNOWING THAT SHE WAS LIVING RIGHT NEXT DOOR HAS BEEN VERY UNSETTLING.

Besides the emotional trauma she has caused me, there is a significant financial impact.  Along with the security measures, I am unable to rent my property as I had intended as, under the law, I must divulge any criminal acts occurring on the property.  My insurance has been canceled and finding another carrier has been difficult because this is not the first time a similar break-in and vandalism have occurred.

I realize that a judgment for $2276.28 has been ordered but, this doesn’t begin to cover the full costs of the vandalism that occurred and the loss of my clothes she stole. My front door will not close like it used to and it never will because of her recklessness and disregard for other people’s property. SHE INTENDED TO SOLELY ROB AND VANDALIZE ME.

Rosemary Catherine Davis should be ordered to spend more time in jail or ordered to show up for community service every day.  She should have to think about this criminal act and behavior. Ms. Davis also needs to have some substance abuse counseling and some mental health counseling or treatments to help her with the aggressive drug problem she has. Ms. Davis, in my opinion, did not spend enough time in jail and has had flagrant disregard for the court. Ms. Davis should not be able to commit 2 burglary crimes and get away with hardly and jail time. My robbery is not the only felony on her record.  

I would ask the court to give me an extended retraining order against Rosemary Catherine Davis for an extended amount of years. I am afraid of her and what she might try to do to me or my property in the future.

Sincerely, 
Patricia Smissen