GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Emotions ran high for the mother of Kyle Free as the first person charged in his death was sentenced.
“I feel relieved. I feel a burden lifted. In another way, I’m sad,” says Kyle’s mother, Robin Graham.
Rebecca Walker accepted a plea deal and was convicted of second degree murder. She was sentenced to 51 years in prison. Walker is eligible for parole after serving 75% of her plea deal.
“After we’re gone, Kyle’s siblings will go to parole hearings. We will fight that she serves the whole sentence,” says Graham.
The whole family agreed to the plea deal offered by the DA. Walker cannot appeal. Going forward, Kyle’s mother wants to change a law.
“To abuse a corpse is six months in jail. In January, I will be heading to the capital to get that law changed,” says Graham.
Kyle may have been working to become a drug informant for local law enforcement before his death. Part of his mother’s platform is to find solutions to the drug epidemic. But for now, Kyle’s mom says she’s one step closer to closure.
“I’ve forgiven Rebecca for what she did. I can’t go on and move on with my life and live the godly life that I live and not forgive her”.