Two years later, Amanda Andrews fights to be heard
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:28:50 GMT —
Amanda Andrews says it has been nearly impossible finding any information about her case. Itâ??s been over a year since Andrews was robbed and sexually assaulted in her home. She says communication with the district attorneyâ??s office has been sparse. But the Randall County District Attorney is defending himself.
â??We have a number of written communications with Ms. Andrews. The communication that usually takes place with our victims is either in some change in the case or after a note or call from them or when we are required by law and we need to send a report,â?? said James Farren, District Attorney. â??We try to give the victim a voice. We know that theyâ??re concerned and we try to be responsive to their concerns and questions. The one guarantee we can give them is that we will listen and we will respond,â??
But Andrews disagrees. She said she called several times looking for answers on the progress of her case. Finally, she was directed to Victimâ??s Assistance who told her the man who had five felony counts against him from her case, including aggravated sexual assault and robbery, had a 20-year plea bargain on the table.
â??So I then asked if I could speak with the District Attorney or the Assistant District Attorney who had been working on my case, because I wanted to understand why there was a twenty-year deal on the table and the case was no longer active. They werenâ??t looking for the other two guys that were with the kid. And she ensure me that he would call me back, and that was a little over two weeks ago,â?? said Andrews.
After showing our interview from this morning with Andrews, Farren responded to her allegations regarding communication and the plea deal.
â??We always offer some sort of talks or negotiations with our defendants, however, no deal has been reached,â?? said Farren. â??Her case is worse than most in that, not only is your home invaded, not only are you robbed, but then to be sexually assaulted, isâ?¦ I donâ??t blame her for being upset,â?? said Farren.
Jackie Bolden, a legal advocate for Family Support Services, said this kind of disconnect can further damage a victim. She said the main thing a victim wants to feel is that they are being listened to and believed.
â??So any point along the way where there are obstacles that prevent them from moving forward, itâ??s as though that they have been suspended on a tight rope, and theyâ??re teetering and tottering back and forth, and sometimes they feel like that, what am I doing and why am I even doing this,â?? said Bolden.
Farren reached out to Andrews earlier this evening to apologize and promised to keep in contact in the future.