The parents of a slain police officer say they finally got the justice they’ve been waiting for — for more than seven years. The man who shot and killed their son was just sentenced to life plus 375 years.
The parents spoke in an exclusive interview Channel 2’s Tom Jones for their pain and their long road to justice.
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Detective Green’s parents say the more than seven-year wait for justice has been painful. They thought they would leave this earth before justice arrived. They were then in court when their son’s killer was sentenced to life plus 375 years in prison.
“I said it’s forever that’s all I thought to myself. That’s forever,” thought Bertha Avery Green when she heard the man who killed her son was sentenced to life plus 375 years.
Officials say 50-year-old Amanuel Menghesha faced the death penalty for the 2015 killing of Fulton County Police Officer Terence Green.
However, the death penalty was taken off the table when Mengesa pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault on Friday.
It ended more than seven years of the Greens’ long journey to justice.
“It was horrible for me to wait and wait and wait,” Bertha Green said.
She told Jones that she and her husband are of age…and it shouldn’t have taken this long for justice to be served.
“I said what are you all going to do wait until we die. We are on our way,” he said.
Detective Green had arrived at a shooting call with other officers that night on Chastain Way.
Police say Mengesa ambushed the officers and shot Green in the head, killing him.
The Greens got the call around 2 that morning.
“I was tempted not to answer,” said father Johnny Green.
But he answered.
They rushed to the hospital and saw their injured son.
“I just had to hug him. That was all I could do because I didn’t know what else to do,” said Bertha Green.
The Greens were hurting deeply. They say the pain got worse as the years passed with no movement in the case.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s office says death penalty cases take time.
Then the defense changed counsel, mental evaluations requested by the defense and of course… COVID-19.
Bertha Green says that during the sentencing, Menghesha seemed frustrated by it all.
“No regrets. He didn’t look back and say sorry or anything,” she said. However, she forgives him.
“I must forgive to live,” he said.
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Their son says his parents have been stressed and vigilant for the past seven years.
Now, that’s gone.
“They are comfortable. That was the problem,” said his son William Carmichael.
The Greens’ home is sacred to their son.
“The Governor of the State of Georgia. there’s a proclamation from the governor, police patches from his comrades and a bench in his honor,” Johnny Green said.
They say this world has lost someone who had so much to give.
“Terence was a good man. He was so good. He cared about people. He was a caring person,” Bertha Green said.
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