Faith Green, 39, a pastor's daughter from Michigan whose husband, Gregory Green, 50, forced her to watch as he murdered her four children last September after she tried to get a divorce, told him justice will come when he "burn[s] in hell." Her statement on Wednesday was made as a judge sentenced him to serve at least 47 years in prison for his crimes.
The pastor's daughter, who was bound, slashed in the face and shot in the leg by her husband before he killed her children, broke her silence publicly for the first time on Wednesday to deliver a heartbreaking statement to the Wayne County Circuit Court, according to the Detroit Free Press. She called her ex-husband a "con artist," "monster" and "devil in disguise" who was not good enough for death.
"There's no punishment that fits the crime, not even torture and death would be justice," she said. "Your justice will come when you burn in hell for all eternity for murdering four innocent children."
Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway sentenced Gregory Green to serve 45-100 years in prison for the murders and another two years for a firearm felony conviction which is expected to be served first.
"I'm convinced that you will be incarcerated for the remainder of your life," Hathaway told Gregory Green which received applause from the packed courtroom, according to the Press.
Police said Green called 911 last September to report the killings of his own two children, Koi, 5, and Kaleigh, 4, and his stepchildren, Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17.
When police arrived and went into the family's home in Dearborn Heights, they discovered Faith in the basement bound with duct tape and zip ties. Her then husband slashed her in the face with a box cutter and shot her foot before shooting the two older children in front of her. He later killed his biological children by asphyxiating them using exhaust from a car parked in the driveway of the family's home.
Faith told the court that she now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and wished she had died some days.
"My short-term memory is gone," Faith said, explaining that doctors said her brain is protecting her from the murders.
"Sometimes I dream of the night all this happened and wake up screaming and sweating thinking that I can save my children somehow," she added. "Then I realize that the nightmare is actually reality and my children are really gone."
Commenting on Gregory Green's demeanor who looked straight ahead as his ex-wife spoke, Judge Hathaway said he appeared "utterly unmoved" and called his actions "inconceivable" and "beyond understanding."
But he did tell the court that he was sorry for what he did.
"I feel bad for how this has deeply impacted everyone," he said.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Trisha Gerard argued, however, that Gregory Green planned the murders and bought piping to alter the exhaust system of the car involved in the death of his children.
"He knew what he was going to do," she said. "He planned it."
The murders came a month after Faith Green filed for divorce and 25 years after Gregory Green killed his then-wife Tonya Green, who was seven months pregnant.
He was paroled in 2008 after serving just 16 years for Tonya's murder with the help of Faith's father, Fred Harris, 78. Harris is a popular pastor with the Church of the Risen Christ Ministries International in Detroit.
In two letters supporting Green's release, Pastor Harris described his future son-in-law as a former congregant and friend. He also characterized Gregory Green's murder of his first wife as a "mishap."
"Gregory and I were friends before his mishap and he was incarcerated," Harris wrote on Aug. 17, 2005. "I feel he has paid for his unfortunate lack of self-control and the damage he has caused as much as possible and is sorry. This will not restore the lives that were taken; he will carry that with him for the rest of his life."
In another letter the following year, Pastor Harris wrote: "I've noticed a great deal of growth and his understanding has matured quite a bit as well as his processing skills. If he was to be released, he would be welcomed as a part of our church community, and whatever we could do to help him adjust, we would."