BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Relatives and friends waited anxiously for the day Jacqueline and Trezell West would be sentenced. They also wanted to address court but were not able to read their victim impact statements and were disappointed in the dismissal of the counts on which jurors did not reach verdicts on in the death of 3-year-old Orson.
“There were two children. It wasn’t just one, there were two, and they both should get the same grace,” family friend of the boys’ biological family, Keisha Stevenson said. “The judge needs to take in consideration to bring that back up because it was two, not one, and they both should be held accountable for two not one.”
But the District Attorney’s office made it clear that is not a path they are willing to pursue because of the impact it has on the witnesses.
“Some of the most impactful testimony was from children, the children in the home, and it was very difficult on them and that’s because they had to testify against their parents. We didn’t want to put them through that again,” said Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer.
Another part of the sentencing that sparked emotion was Jacqueline West’s attorney, Alekxia Torres Stallings, asking the judge to consider granting Jacqueline West probation.
Stallings said Jacqueline had lost so much already including her husband, kids and home. That was triggering for family and friends of the biological family.
“Our family lost the boys. They’re still missing. We don’t have nothing. We’re still wondering where they’re at,” the boys’ biological cousin Rosanna Wills said. “You get to still call your children, you get to still call your mother, you’re acting like a victim. You’re not the victim.
“You should have thought about that when you had them, when you had custody of them and you were supposed to take care of them.”
“Now, you’re going to deal with your consequences because you guys took away two innocent babies. […] These are the victims, Classic and Cinsere. Where are the boys?” Wills said.
Family and friends were adamant about the fact that the sentencing of the couple is not the end. The boys are still missing, and the biological family believes there is more evidence that could lead to them.
“While they’re sitting in these cages, I pray that they think of these babies and see their faces and can’t get them off their mind until they lead us to the bodies,” Wills said.