Closure is a strange word when it comes to court decisions, especially in murder cases.
Even when a family feels that justice is being served or that those found guilty of murdering their loved ones are being sentenced appropriately, it doesn’t really end in the end.
Such was the case on Thursday when Richard Dabate was sentenced to 65 years for the 2015 murder of his wife, Connie.
The sentence in Rockville Superior Court doesn’t change the fact that Connie Dabate’s family will have to live without her. This does not end their pain and suffering.
Convicting a person of murder often takes years, although the seven-year process in this case was painfully long for family and loved ones – especially since the main suspect in the murder was not behind bars during the vast majority of this period. But the pain felt during these seven years does not fade now that Richard Dabate has received his sentence.
Journal Inquirer writer Matthew P. Knox, who covered the trial with more attention and detail than any other reporter, was also present for the sentencing. Knox reported that Connie’s sister, Leslie Garabedian, told the presiding judge that the anguish over her murder remained “excruciating”.
The almost permanent incarceration of his ex-brother-in-law will not change anything.
But even though Connie Dabate’s family and friends haven’t exactly wrapped up this week’s events, many, if not all of them, may still be winding down slightly at the outcome.
Maybe they can at least sleep a little better these days knowing that justice has been served for Connie.
SLEEPING DOGS? You can take the title of sportswriter away from a man or a woman, but you can never take away the instinct.
To that end, my long career covering the UConn football team is over. I’m not exactly a fan now, but I’m not a beat writer covering the team either. I guess at this point I’ll settle for an “interested observer, perhaps expert” title.
In that sense, I can’t help but expect the Huskies to improve a lot this season. Of course, that’s hardly a statement given that the program has been the absolute worst in the country — UMass, Akron, maybe a few others have a case to claim that title, but not much — for almost 10 years. half a decade.
New head coach Jim Mora has said the right things and, it seems, is doing the right things in terms of improving the level of talent in the program.
No one expects UConn to contend for a national football title. Reaching the .500 mark on its own would be a remarkable achievement this year or next.
The #1 thing fans still walking through the doors of Pratt & Whitney Stadium – there are still a few left – wish their team wasn’t a complete laughing stock.
THUMBS UP: To the South Windsor U10 Little League Baseball team, who capped off an incredible summer of play by winning the Eastern Region Championship this past weekend in Rhode Island. There is no Little League World Series for this age group, so South Windsor have pushed as far as they can go. Who knows? It was perhaps the best team at this level in the country?
THUMBS DOWN: To the Killingly Town School Board, which decided that a fully funded student mental health center was not a good idea for its community, sparking strange political fears about the needs of young people in its community.
CITY OF THE WEEK: Veron. The views from the top of Fox Hill and the Henry Park Tower will be great in the fall, but they’re also impressive this time of year. Take a hike, then a moment to enjoy the look. On a clear day, you can easily see across the border north and into Massachusetts. I don’t think the terrain allows you to see east into Rhode Island, but maybe you’ll find a way.
Emails/voicemail/postal mail suggesting I need to have my head examined: 0 — A late-night voicemail to “you morons” from the Journal Inquirer was a good idea. That’s been offset by plenty of positive feedback this week, but anonymous, unspecific taunts are more the norm in this industry.
Fish caught: 2 — A very brief trip to Day Pond resulted in zero bass, a few unlucky bluegills, and a broken shoe.