Family members of Krystal murder victims speak publicly for first time

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Marie Aguilar and Lois Graff stood side by side outside the Morgan County Courthouse, just as they sat inside the courtroom during Ezekiel Gholston's sentencing Monday morning.

"I'm just glad it's over," said Aguilar.

"I will breathe a sigh of relief," said Graff.

Both testified before Judge Glenn Thompson about the loss of their loved ones in August 2011.

Gholston, Jordaan Creque, and Cassandra Eldred conspired to rob the Krystal restaurant on 6th Avenue.  They killed Jeff Graff and Jesse Aguilar in the process. Gholston was the last to be sentenced.

Aguilar told Judge Thompson to "put him in a cage where he belongs." She directed her comments to the bench.

Graff, however, turned and spoke directly to Gholston and said, "You have apologized three times and had no emotion.  That leads me to believe you have no remorse."

Gholston looked directly at them earlier and said "I'm sorry."

Outside the courthouse, the women thanked people for praying for them. When asked if she could forgive Gholston, Aguilar said, "No. He had no remorse."  Graff said, "I can forgive him since God forgives us."

The judge sentenced Gholston to two life sentences, to run concurrently.

Aguilar vowed to attend all of Gholston's parole hearings.

Prosecutors believe he will come up for parole in 10 years.

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