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Scott Bedgood

This is a tragic story. Two women were murdered, my wife and youngest daughter, and I was wounded by a crazed son-in-law … leaving my three grandsons without mother-father-grandmother.

It all happened on my wife’s birthday. He came to our home, demanded his children, drew his gun and pointed it at my wife and daughter. I ran to the bedroom to get my pistol for support. I was too late: He murdered both of them and chased me down. I got off a couple rounds before he wounded me. He fled and was captured by law enforcement.

It’s been almost four years now; he comes up for sentencing in a couple weeks. I have guardianship of the boys. I’m 70 now and hope I can stay around long enough for them to grow up. They are 6, 9 and 13.

What a shame. It is a tragedy. He will get life without parole, then life two times more, plus three 30-year sentences. I’m so sad for my grandsons, as I also grew up in an orphanage, without parents.  Thank you for listening.

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