Emotional Confrontation With Killer & Victim's Mother

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

"Why Richard? Why did you do that? Why did you kill my son? WHY? (Crying) Why did you kill my son?"

An emotional confrontation between a mother and her son's killer. Ruth Lopez then listened to Ricky Strong.

"I am not the monster you think I am."

Strong-- still claiming his innocence-- took a hard look at the lives both he and Notch Bermudez chose to lead.

"Society knows we both made mistakes in our past. We both lived not totally righteous lives but we both wanted to make changes in our lives," said Strong.

But he didn't make a change and the judge, looking at Strong's record of 11 felonies in his 36 years, didn't think he could be rehabilitated.

"In the interest of society, your record reflects society needs to be protected from you," said Judge Clinton Canady III.

With apologies to his family and the Bermudez family, Strong hoped others could learn from his mistakes.

"I hope the youth can learn that living that type of life-- a drug dealer or gang banger or extortioner can lead to only two things-- life in prison or the grave."


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  • by Clarence Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    Well i am sorry for anyone that looses a child but she knew what kind of lifestlye he lived he had made lots of enemies out in the streets. He was no saint and he wasn"t confroning Rick in the bar to get him to go to church smh
  • by Laura Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    WHY WHY WHY WILX please explain your favortisum toward the Bermudez criminal family. Member of that family openly threated Rick his wife and other member of his family on facebook and in front of detectives at the court house during the trial and then the same day his wife was threatend her entire block on sunderland Rd in LAndsing was shot up an not a single media source would report it. The media in this town is just as corrupt as the prosecutors office!!!
  • by April Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    The judge had no choice but to sentence him to life that is the mandatory legislation in Michigan. You also fail to mention the those 11 felonies on Rick's record were from his late teens and early 20"s he had been rehabilitated!
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