WOBURN, Mass. (WHDH) -
At the sentencing for Jared Remy several people spoke including the defendant and a spokesperson for his slain girlfriend Jennifer Martel's parents but two people were noticeably absent: Jerry and Phoebe Remy.
The Red Sox broadcaster and his wife stayed away from their son's sentencing at his request.
“Jared asked that his parents and his siblings not come to court. He feels very strongly that has parents have been raked over the coals unnecessarily all throughout the pendency of this case,” Jared Remy’s attorney Ed Ryan said.
The parents did not want to appear on camera, but they did release a statement expressing their feelings.
“We continue to be heartbroken over Jenn's death. That will never change. No words can express the sorrow we feel for the Martel family. We are now focusing our attention on our grandchildren and doing what is best for them,” the statement said.
Defense attorney Ryan said Jared Remy does not want is family to be held responsible.
“Phoebe and Jerry Remy did not kill Jennifer Martel. Phoebe and Jerry Remy did everything they could for Jennifer Martel and loved her like a daughter,” Ryan said.
Jared Remy’s guilty plea ends the case but Ryan says the grief and publicity placed on Jerry and Phoebe is an “epic tragedy.”
“I’ve been prosecuting and defending cases for the past 37 years, and quite frankly the assault on the Remys as parents shocked me. Jared Remy stood up in court and took full responsibility for what he did, you heard him make some previous admissions,” she said.