|Kristi's impact statement|
|I come before you today to express to the court why Dennis Cramm should spend the maximum amount of time as possible in prison.
My name is Kristi and I am Jason's sister and a friend of Jesse. These two boys were two of the most likeable and loving people I ever had the privilege of knowing. When Dennis murdered these boys he took two of the greatest souls.
My brother Jason was an enormous guy with a heart to match. Back in early June of 1999 was a day I will never forget. At the Mercer Arena in Seattle I walked with about 300 people down a long procession. As I walked up to the stage and held out my hand, my heart could not have filled with more joy or happiness. I had accomplished the biggest thing in my life to date; I received my high school diploma. Holding that single piece of paper I realized that my life would forever be different. I was an adult and now could start living my live as an adult. After the ceremony my family was giving me hugs left and right, then I saw Jason. I remember him engulfing me with his arms. He told me that he was so proud and happy for me. I will never forget that one moment.
Then on June 8, 2000 I had to do it all over again. However, I was not filled with joy and happiness I was filled with heartache. Leading up to Jason's graduation I constantly asked myself why. Why couldn't my brother be here to walk down that stage and feel the same joy and fulfillment I felt one year earlier? On the day of Jason's graduation I walked into the gym with a heavy heart. I felt so cheated that I had to accept Jason's diploma and could not watch my little brother receive it himself. As I watched each one of Jason's classmates walk down the line I saw the excitement and fulfillment in each one of those faces. They all had realized, as I did a year earlier the great accomplishment each one of them had done. Then Jason's name was called. I took a deep breath and walked up to the stage. Talking Jason's diploma was the hardest thing I had ever had to do. Having that diploma in my hand I remembered the day I received my diploma. I could not tell my brother how proud of him I was and I could not see that look of complete joy in his face that I felt when I graduated.
Dennis Cramm took that chance away from me. Dennis took away a person that I have shared a life with for ten years. I will miss my brother every day until the day I can see him again.
Dennis, for the longest time I have wondered what kind of person could commit such an act of violence. After watching you during the trial, I now know what kind of person you are. Moreover, after today I will never give you a second thought. You killed my brother and his best friend and you will have to live with the guilt for the rest of your life.
I want to thank the court for giving me the opportunity today to express my feeling and thoughts. I hope that you will do the right and just thing by sending Dennis to prison for as long as possible.