EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Lovell’s mother speaks out after jury recommends 40 year sentence

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Disappointed and angry. 

The mother of a murdered Blacksburg teen let down by the prison sentence, recommended for the young woman found guilty for her role in the killing of her daughter. 

The decision unanimous.  

A jury tells the judge Natalie Keepers should stay behind bars until she’s in her sixties. 

Natalie Keeper’s parents pleaded with the jury to show mercy. 

Natalie even offered an apology to Nicole Lovell’s family. 

But a four decade sentence not nearly long enough for the mother of that murdered teen. 

It’s a quiet place here at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley. 

Nicole Lovell’s mother Tammy Weeks-Dowdy and her brother Anthony Weeks walk together to tell Coley the news. 

“I love her, I miss her…Even if the justice system fails, I’ll fight for her and she will never ever forgotten, and we will make sure of that,” said Tammy Weeks-Dowdy.  

Tammy believes forty years isn’t enough time for the person who helped kill her baby girl. 

She says it’s not justice for her daughter and she wants more time.

“It’s not fair,” said Tammy Weeks-Dowdy. 

Before the jury deliberated the sentence they ultimately recommended, Natalie Keeper’s parents made this plea. 

“We love her very much and we ask, and pray for mercy for her,” said Sara Keepers, Natalie Keepers mother. 

“Heartbroken, rock bottom, and devastated. These are just words, but these words have been given new meaning over the past few years for my wife and I,” said Tim Keepers, Natalie Keepers father. 

More than two years after Nicole went missing, it was Natalie’s turn to break her silence and apologize to Nicole’s family. 

“I’m so sorry, I wish I could have stopped it,” said Natalie Keepers. 

Tammy says she doesn’t feel that Keepers crying was in court was sincere.  

Sophia: “Do you forgive her?” 

Tammy: “Not at this time.”

Tammy says she still can’t believe this happened to her baby girl. 

“She can turn sixteen and get her drivers license, graduate, get married, and she didn’t. So no, you no think it could happen to you,” said Tammy Weeks-Dowdy. 

Tammy said that Nicole’s grandfather, who attended Eisenhauer’s trial and sentencing, didn’t want to come to this trial. 

She said this had sucked the life out of him and when Tammy told him the recommended sentence, Nicole’s grandfather replied that he wasn’t surprised. 

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