Murder Victim’s Mother Speaks Out on Sentencing

by Danielle Cotterman on January 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

The mother of 19-year-old Tyler Hardin said she hopes each day in prison feels like an eternity for the woman who played a role in the death of her son.

20-year-old Heather Nowlin appeared before Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle Monday morning and received the sentence of 25 years in the death of Hardin in July 2010.

Hardin’s mother Kim Saunders said Nowlin’s apology in court gives little closure.

"Her apology does little for me right now," said Saunders. "I pray all the time that God can put it in my hear to forgive her because I know if I don’t she’s still in control and I don’t want her controlling my life."

Nowlin was charged with conspiracy to aggravated murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence for her role last summer – where she lured Hardin to an isolated location and her husband, Terrell, shot Hardin twice.

In a letter to Nowlin, Saunders expresses in detail the pain she has caused.

"I started the letter off by saying, how can you love Marqueea, which is her and Tyler’s daughter, when you took a tremendous part of her life from her and how she has destroyed a lot of people lives, some of which is permanent damage it can never be undone," said Saunders.

Terrell Nowlin was convicted of aggravated murder in Hardin’s death last December.