Former comics retailer and convention runner Michael George was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of his wife Barbara 21 years ago. The sentence was mandatory in Michigan, so there was little suspense. At the sentencing, George still protested his innocence. “”Something will be found,’ he told the court. “Someone will come forward. I have never harmed a woman in my life. Let’s not forget no one saw me there — no one.”
Meanwhile, Barbara’s surviving siblings Christine Ball and Joe Kowynia had a different message.
“Mike, you chose the life you led,” she said. “You chose a life sentence for my sister. You took our sister, but you will never take our memories.”
Ball, and her brother, Joe Kowynia, both also addressed Michael and Barbara George’s two daughters — Tracie and Michelle — who support their father and were not present in court Monday at his request.
“We think about you all the time,” Ball read from a statement she prepared. “Your mother lost everything. She didn’t get to hold you and watch you grow up.
“I know we sit at opposite sides of the courtroom, but we have and always will love you.”
Although more appeals are expected, this may end this long legal saga for now; George was convicted in an earlier trial but the verdict was set aside.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.