Mother Apologizes For Daughter's Vandalism



To the families of Thompson Draw 2, Lots 71, 72, 73 and 74: I have omitted your names here not because I don't know them, but out of respect for your privacy. You have been through enough in public.

A little over a year ago, I wrote a Letter (anonymously at the time due to the then ongoing investigation) to the Editor concerning my daughter Elizabeth Holl's involvement in the vandalism of your homes. It was run as a guest commentary at that time, and in it I promised you a written apology from my daughter at the close of her court case. That letter will be submitted in the next few days.

Yesterday, Elizabeth was sentenced in the presence of the owners of two of the homes she damaged. I want you to know that your words and your feelings were heard, respected and will not be forgotten by our family. I have personally been the victim of property crimes in the past, and I truly understand your anger.

I would like to apologize again to you for not being able to stop what Elizabeth did to your homes. Specifically, Elizabeth spray painted the outside of one home and a bench outside of another home. She also spray painted three mirrors, poured sunscreen on a floor, and tore a screen.

Her actions were inexcusable and have caused her a great deal of suffering. She has lost her best friend, her freedom, her self-respect and her college fund. Her nightmares are vivid and terrifying. She will work her way back from her crimes with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. She is not a child beyond hope. She made terrible choices on one day when she was 14 years old. She will carry the guilt and shame from those choices forever. She is a vastly different person now at 16.

We are available at any time to meet with you personally should you desire to do so. We want very much to help you in any way we can.

Darlane Leonard


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