Family delivers message of pain and loss to killer

first_img“I can only imagine the pain and suffering in the last few years,” he said to the victims’ family. “You may see justice served, but I beg to differ: You are looking at a truly innocent man. “True closure is catching those in the streets who truly committed this crime. May God bless you all.” Miner’s parents described their son as a troubled man and compulsive liar who was coming off drugs during his taped police confession. They said there was nothing during the monthlong trial – not blood, not DNA evidence – that ever connected him to the Lasky murders. “I feel so sorry for them. My condolences go out to their family. It was the most horrific crime,” said his stepfather, Fred Ward, 52, of Lancaster, following the sentence at Van Nuys Courthouse. “But my stepson didn’t do this. He didn’t have the hate in him to commit a crime of this nature.” For the Laskys, nothing can ever replace the nurturing parents who had been wed for 53 years. Nothing could replace Bill Lasky, a World War II veteran who loved nothing more than to cuddle his grandkids. Nothing can ever replace Bertha, a Getty Center docent and dear friend of her family and to everyone else who knew her. And nothing would ever again be normal for their three beloved children and numerous grandchildren. “Your actions changed the lives (of our family),” said daughter Beth Lasky of West Hills to the impassive convicted killer. “I lost my best friend; my mother was my best friend. “I’m not able to talk to my father. My children lost their grandparents in an awful and violent way. That is not normal.” Son Scott said his parents were real, not some headline or story on TV. They were more than victims of some horrible crime. They had taught responsibility, they taught respect, and they taught love. “Maybe when they nail your cohorts, we shall finally be able to put this to rest,” said Scott Lasky of San Jose during a lengthy address to Miner. “In my mind, you are the lowest of the low. You are going to where you belong. “My only consolation is that my parents knew terror for only a few hours. May you know terror until the end of your days.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – At first, Mark Wiland felt he had nothing to say to the man sentenced Tuesday to life behind bars for murdering his grandparents. Then he addressed Gregory Douglas Miner with one pain-filled message. “I missed out on a beautiful thing – a relationship between a grandson and his grandparents,” said Wiland, 18, of San Jose. “It was a tragedy.” Miner expressed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor sentenced him to two terms of life in prison without parole for the murders of 76-year-old William Lasky and his 73-year-old wife, Bertha. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 32-year-old man was convicted last month of first-degree murder, robbery and burglary with special circumstances for the West Hills slayings. The Laskys were killed inside their home during a home-invasion robbery in 2001. The killers, after stealing their car, returned later to set them and the house on fire. Prosecutors and police said it was one of the most brutal murders they’d ever seen. Two more men allegedly linked with the deaths have not been charged. During the trial, jurors had watched a 6 1/2-hour video of Miner confessing to more than a dozen versions of the crime. But prior to his sentence, the once-convicted burglar declared he had nothing to do with the killings. last_img read more

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Tottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play at par with ‘World Cup’ level stadium

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed his club are now “World Cup winners” in terms of facilities after opening their new state-of-the-art stadium by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday.Second-half goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs snapped a five-game winless run in the Premier League and moved Pochettino’s side back up to third at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal.The Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham, but victory also maintained a slender one-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea and opened up a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.”Thank you. Today will be remembered for all my life.”#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Pochettino underlined the need for what he believes is the “best stadium in the world” to have Champions League football next season before kick-off.And he called on his players to now perform to the level of their facilities on offer at both the club’s training ground and new home.”Now we are World Cup winners in facilities,” said Pochettino. “Now the stadium is here and we need to be on the same level.”Tottenham have yet to win a trophy in the five years since Pochettino took charge, but have consistently punched above their weight by qualifying for the Champions League despite a more limited budget than their top six rivals.That feeling when you write your name into Spurs folklore…#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Next week, English champions Manchester City visit in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final and Pochettino wants his side to compete for major honours in the coming years.”We need to start to think about the new chapter, the new era, to ensure Tottenham is a real contender for the big things. With our training ground, this new stadium, you must think big.”We have to behave like a big club for sure. We need to be a realistic contender for big things.” A run of just one point from their previous five league games left Spurs in serious peril of missing out on the Champions League next season.Plenty of work is still to be done in their remaining six matches, but with four of them on home soil, Pochettino is confident they will secure a top-four finish for the fourth straight season.”I am so confident we are going to get top four,” he added. “I think this group of players and of course everyone (at the club) deserve to be in the Champions League next season.”A momentous day.#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019After 690 days since saying goodbye to the old White Hart Lane, Spurs returned home with plenty of pre-match pomp and ceremony with an operatic performance of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” and fireworks before kick-off.Yet, at half-time, they were facing the prospect of dropping out of the top four for the first time since November with Chelsea beating Brighton at Stamford Bridge.And it was an on-loan Chelsea striker who nearly did his parent club a huge favour five minutes into the second-half when Palace’s Michy Batshuayi curled just beyond Hugo Lloris’s far post.Pochettino’s men were left lamenting their luck when Toby Alderweireld’s last minute own goal cost them a deserved point at Liverpool on Sunday, but they had fortune on their side moments later to the huge relief of most of the near 60,000 in attendance.Son’s shot was headed straight down Vicente Guaita’s throat until a big deflection off Luka Milivojevic left the Spaniard completely wrong-footed as the ball rolled into the bottom corner.Harry Kane could not cap a momentous night with a goal, but the England captain was involved Spurs second 10 minutes from time as he broke into the area before the ball fell kindly for Eriksen to force home from close range.Also Read | Premier League: Tottenham inaugurates new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Also Read | Atletico Madrid defeat 2-0 with late goals from Godin and GriezmannAlso Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS Laxmanlast_img read more

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