A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his own step-daughter was sentenced Monday morning in Sarpy County Court. The judge had only one sentence he could hand down for First Degree Murder, Life in Prison.
It was last April when Michael Williams went to his estranged wife's house in Bellevue, and confronted his step-daughter, Michala Pomfret. According to her brothers, Michala was trying to offer him help. “She opened up the door, wanting to talk to him, sit, I think from what I heard," said Michala's brother, Zach Pomfret. "They were having a conversation, and she was pleading for her life, and he looked her straight and shot her.”
In court Monday for the sentencing, Michala's family was engulfed by support from family and friends. “We just love her so much, this has been focused on him for so long, this is her day, and she finally gets her peace, and her rest she deserves,” said Michala's other brother, James Raymond.
The judge sentenced Williams to life in prison, but for Pomfret's family, nothing will bring back the bright spark of Michala. “She was a beautiful girl, and her life was taken too short," said Raymond. "You know she had everything ahead of her, she was going to get engaged, start a career in cosmetology, I mean look how beautiful she was.”
The family says the sentencing does give some closure. "We are never going to be whole again, but at least she can be at peace.”
Williams addressed the judge, saying he's remorseful and sorry, but he doesn't remember that April morning. “There really isn't any good side to this, at all," said Williams' attorney, James Martin Davis. "The fact that you have some lovely lady killed, and my client doesn't even understand why he did it, or even remember doing it.”
Remembering now, is all Michala's brothers hope for. “When she's saying 'please don't' I hope everyday he's in that cell, thinking about those words and her face,” said Pomfret.