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Victim's Family Says Justice is Served

Victim's Family Says Justice is Served



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Sam Penrod ReportingRobert Steven Hatch was sentenced to prison today, but not before he rambled on about his innocence and quoted Utah law books trying to support his arguments.

But the judge didn't buy it.

A jury found Robert Hatch guilty of murder last fall.

It was a case that even prosecutors admitted was circumstantial.

But Robert Hatch still insists evidence allowed into the trial -- that he abused his wife a year before her murder -- is the only reason he was found guilty.

Andrea Hunziker Leek holds a picture of her sister Sharee-- who was killed inside her home, shot to death by a sawed off shotgun blast at close range.

Robert Hatch was convicted of murdering his estranged wife, but still denies being her killer.

"Andrea Hunziker Leek/Victim’s Sister: "He was scared because he know's he's going to prison for the rest of his life for what he did to my sister., How he brutally murdered her while her children sleeping in the next room"

Sharee Hatch's murder was the final event in what prosecutors say was a long pattern of domestic abuse.

Police say Robert Hatch planned the murder, and shot his estranged wife, while her boyfriend hid in a closet.

Hatch's sock had Sharee's blood on it and a ski mask found near the scene, contained Hatch's DNA.

Before being sentenced, Robert Hatch read a lengthy legal speech--created from his jail cell, telling the judge, "I am an innocent man." AND the "Victim of an unfair trial"

While politely listening to Hatch's jailhouse legal arguments, Judge Fred Howard called Hatch unremorseful, handing down the maximum sentence, calling the murder premeditated and calculated.

A strong sentence is what the victim's family has been waiting for.

"Marilyn VanDam/Victim’s mother:: "I'm very happy for it, that we can put some closure to all of this, horrible crime that was committed."

"Andrea Hunizker Leek/Victim’s Sister: "Justice has been served for Sharee and he will get life, I guarantee it."

Robert Hatch says he plans to ask for a new trial and if that fails, plans to appeal his conviction.

He faces at least ten years in prison and the possibility he will be there for the rest of his life.

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