Buena Vista County, IA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012
After surviving an attempted murder by his ex-wife in 2004* and enduring an 8-year legal battle for custody of his kids, Michael Roberts finally obtained primary care in July 2011; just minutes before their mother, Tracey Richter, was arrested on charges of first degree murder for the death of Dustin Wehde on December 13, 2001. **
In a statement by the children’s Auntie Leisa, from her home in Brisbane Australia, said:
“My brother, nephew and niece are Australian citizens. Their mum was convicted by an Iowa jury on 7th November 2011 and sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole."
She went on to say:
"Judge Nancy Whittenburg just ruled that they cannot leave the USA and that Michael has to repeatedly transport the kids, thousands of miles across the country to visit Tracey in jail. We haven’t seen them in 8-years; they have only five cousins and they are all here waiting for them; please just let them come home!”
The decision also outraged the prosecutor responsible for the murder conviction. In a statement to Associated Press, which was widely reported last week***, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said:
"Do you think Tracey cared about the children when she stashed them in the room 15 feet from where she fired 11 shots?" Smith said. "She should have lost any and all rights to make those kinds of decisions or to have an influence in her kids' lives when she executed somebody."
The children’s Aunt Leisa has launched a public appeal to raise the $9,200.00 it cost in legal fees in order to obtain a stay of execution on the forced prison visitation, and a reversal of some of the judge’s decisions.
Donors can read more details on the judge’s ruling, and give to the legal fund at:
*** By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa September 13,