Fourteen years after her young son disappeared, Anne Green finally had the chance yesterday to address the man who killed him - her former boyfriend.
Green broke down in tears inside a courtroom at Baltimore Circuit Court during the sentencing hearing for Keith M. Garrett, she said, as she told him he "took a part of my life away from me" when he kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old Timothy Washington in 1992.
Her son's body has never been found.
"The thing that really kind of tore me up, he just showed no remorse for what he did," said Edna Williams, Timothy's grandmother, who also testified. "It was awful. He showed no emotion whatsoever. He just had that smirk on his face, like he always had, like, `Yeah, I did it, so what.'"
Garrett, 34, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Lynn K. Stewart. He entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder, city prosecutors said - a plea in which he does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state had sufficient evidence for a conviction
He was arrested and charged in the killing of Timothy in December 2003, but did not disclose the location of the boy's body after the plea agreement, said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office.
"I think he should have the death penalty, if you ask me," Green, 39, of East Baltimore, said in an interview after the hearing. "If you take away a life, your life should not be spared at all. His mother can go visit him in jail. I can't even visit my son's gravesite, because there is no gravesite. I can't even put down flowers, because I don't know where he is."
Garrett is the father of Green's daughter, Kecia, 18, who was 4 at the time of the kidnapping. Timothy was fathered by another man.
Burns said that, had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have called a witness who was in jail with Garrett and would have testified that he had confessed to taking the boy to a shed in Leakin Park, taping his mouth shut, leaving and then returning to find the child dead and burying him.
"There were extensive attempts to find his remains," Burns said yesterday.
At the time of the killing, Garrett was seeking custody of Kecia. According to court records, the detectives found a witness who saw Garrett take Timothy and Kecia from their aunt's house in East Baltimore.
Garrett left Kecia at his house and was seen walking with Timothy toward Leakin Park, carrying a duffel bag, the court records say. The same witness reported seeing Garrett emerge alone from the park an hour later.
Green, who works as a mail carrier, said she is considering writing Garrett a letter to see whether he'll tell where he buried Timothy.
"The picture of my son sitting there tied down, while someone is trying to hurt him, you know, take his life - that's more emotional than anything," Garrett said. "To picture this child, helpless, with someone who he thought was his friend, trying to hurt him. He was crying for help, I'm sure."
Green said she wants to plan a memorial service for Timothy, now that she's gotten a measure of closure.
"I just pray. I pray a lot," she said. "I just think about the time that I did have. I look at the pictures. I reminisce off that, because I'll never see him again. I'll never hear him again. So that's all I can do."