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Victim’s family speaks after sentencing, 2017 Christmas Day murder

MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA)- The sentencing for a 2017 Christmas Day murder was handed down this morning at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Judge William Sadler sentenced Roger Lee Lemons to 41 years in prison, after a jury found him guilty in August for second-degree murder and violating a protection order.

In 2017, Angela Francis Seal was discovered inside of her home in Princeton.

Before Sadler made his ruling, he allowed testimony from Seal’s family.

“Someday, maybe, I can forgive him, but right now, I’m a long way from that,” said Iris White, Seal’s aunt. “I want him to know the hurt he’s caused both families and how it’s ripped them apart. But how it’s [also] brought us together.”

“I wish I could have hugged him and told him you can [still] be your best,” said Sherry Seal, aunt of the victim.  “He has to accept inside what he’s done and start forgiving himself before he can do that for others. But I forgive him.”

Both of Seal’s Aunts say Lemon’s parents are good people, and they will continue to support them through this ‘difficult time.’

“They’ve lost their son today,” said Sherry Seal. “Maybe he will come out and [become] a productive part of society, giving his mother and father the honor they deserve. But there is no winner today, we’re all losers.”

Sadler ordered Lemons be remanded to Southern Regional jail.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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