There are several individuals out there in the world who repeatedly lied under oath in a court of law to wrongfully convict my husband Sean O’Brien when he was just a teenager. There are individuals out there who are free, right this moment, living with the knowledge that they took part in covering up a serious crime and sent an innocent child to prison for life. There are many individuals who did not do the right thing in this case, people who covered up the truth, or failed to protect an innocent child and those people will live with the guilt of their actions for the rest of their lives. These individuals know who they are, they know that the truth will come out and their lies will be exposed. If they have any kind of conscience left, they know the pain and suffering they have inflicted.
16 years is a very long time. It is more than half my husband’s life. That is how long these individuals have had to bear the weight of their actions. This is how long they have tried to hide from the truth. This is how long is has eaten away at them, bit by bit, day after day. Yet they continue to live in their lies and rob themselves of the opportunity to come clean, and attempt to right what is so very wrong.
We know we have made the right choices every step of the way. We would rather be on the side of good than on the side of evil and lies. My husband says we need to forgive these people and let go of the pain they have caused us. He is free from the weight these individuals carry, he sleeps peacefully at night knowing he took no part in the killing of the victim in his case and is free from the lies. I know that he is right, I also know that we will prevail. We are stronger than the monsters who walk among us. We are right where we are supposed to be, in the place of righteousness and light. Every day brings us another step closer to truth and justice. We have God on our side. We know that our consciences are free from the guilt and darkness those individuals must bear for not only hiding the truth from the victim’s family but also for what they have done to my husband and our family.