AUSTIN (KXAN) - In the 21 months since his daughter Courtney's death, Bart Griffin has raised his voice -- urging changes in laws, stiffer charges, and asking that justice be served.
However, the day a jury sentenced Gabrielle Nestande to 10 years probation for the hit-and-run accident that killed Courtney, Bart Griffin was so stunned that he left the courtroom without making a statement.
Six days later, he broke his silence with a request for the jury.
"Come forward. Tell me what you were thinking," said Griffin at his home on Thursday, the day that would have marked Courtney's 32nd birthday.
Griffin has not been able to understand how the jury arrived at their decision to give Nestande probation and feels it was the only slip-up in the justice system process.
"The system worked fine, I think there was a lot of evidence presented," said Griffin.
"We think the jury missed the boat."
If the jury has an explanation for their verdict, Griffin wants to hear it.
"I would hope that at some point they would come forward and talk to me either individually or as a group. I'm interested to know what they were thinking and why they chose to believe parts of testimony and not other parts."
Some of that testimony Griffin feels was ignored was Nestande's statement about not being able to "get the image out of my mind."
"I hope that image is in her mind every night for the rest of her life," said Griffin who mentioned that no members of the Nestande family have ever reached out to him.
Griffin did not put a number of years on what he felt would have been a just sentence for Nestande, but he did feel jail time was appropriate.
"I think it was important for that to happen and it didn't."
The right of allocution will be given to the Griffin family at Nestande's March 25th in which they will be allowed to speak to Nestande before the court.
Potential civil lawsuits have also been examined according to Griffin.
The Griffin family will celebrate Courtney's birthday on Thursday night and Bart said they hope to turn Feb. 28 into an annual memorial to benefit Austin Pets Alive.
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