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Sep 26, 2011 7:49 PM by Matt Stafford

Local mother's road to justice for her son

The last of three men was sentenced earlier this month in connection with the murders of two men in Colorado Springs three and a half years ago. One of the victims' mothers was present at every hearing, for all these years.

February 9th 2008; two men were shot and killed at an apartment party in a Delta Drive apartment complex. 21-year-old Samone Robinson was shot and killed, so was 20-year-old Darrell Mitchell.

"I had no idea when he left that Friday, that that would be the last time I would see him alive," says Freda Mitchell, mother of Darrell Mitchell. One of the only consolations Freda has left is that her last words to her son were, "I love you."

The three and a half years since have been long for Freda.

"I was at that court every day, whenever we had a hearing; a preliminary hearing, whatever it was -- me and my husband were there, because we wanted justice," says Mitchell.

Three men were convicted in Freda's son's murder; Darneau Pepper is now serving a life sentence without parole, Hiram Sampson is receiving 20 years probation, and Tnias Pike -- the last one sentenced -- received 45 years in prison earlier in September.

"Justice was done... and you know, it won't bring my son back, but I feel a little better now because now I can get on with my life," says Mitchell, but still she says she thinks of her son, Darrell, every day.

"I still look for him to come through that door, but I know he's not," says Mitchell. "It was just senseless, and I still don't understand why."

"I tell any parent; when your kid leaves the house, going to school or where ever, tell them that you love them because you don't know if that will be that last time you'll see them."

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