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HAYWARD - Justice is finally served in the stabbing death of a 93–year–old woman.The jury found Christopher Roalson guilty after two and a half hours of deliberation.
Roalson had nothing to say after the verdict was read, but family is relieved.
"I'm very happy it's finally over," said Irena Roszak’s daughter Marianne Mullner.
It was a bittersweet end to a week long trial as the jury handed down the verdict for the man who brutally murdered Irena Roszak.
"We the jury find the defendant Christopher Roalson guilty of first degree intentional homicide as charged, guilty of burglary to a building or dwelling."
Earlier, the defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments before the court.
"I would hope that you find him guilty of both crimes," prosecuting attorney Bruce Poquette said.
"Find Mr. Roalson guilty of what he did, burglary,” said defense attorney Donna Kuchler. “Burglary while armed, but not first degree intentional homicide."
But in the end with the week of chilling testimony and disturbing evidence, the jurors decided Roalson was not just going to Irena’s house to rob her, but to kill her.
"I am so glad, waiting three and a half years for this trial to come," said Mullner. “I'm so glad that the jury did what they did."
Mullner says the past few years and the trial has been difficult.
"It's been awful to see all the stuff in court,” said Mullber. “So it's very hard for me to sleep and eat."
Mullner describes her mother, who came to the United States from Germany in 1956, as loving and enjoyed being in her garden with family and friends.
"She was a very strong woman, loved people,” said Mullner. “Even though she couldn't speak English very good she still communicated with people."
Now Irena’s family says the jury's ruling will bring them closure.
"Finally the family’s going to have peace in their mind and in their heart,” said Mullner. "They'll still remember their grandma, great grandma and I'll always remember my mother."
Christopher Roalson will serve a mandatory life sentence for the first degree intentional homicide.
His sentencing is expected in the next 60 to 70 days.
Austin Davis will be resentenced in October.