NEW LEXINGTON — Patrick Pidock pled guilty Friday to murdering his girlfriend and mother of their young child, skipping a trial, his attorney said, to spare his victim’s family.
“Pat wishes to express the remorse he has shown us,” his attorney Sam Shansky said in the courtroom of Judge Tina Boyer. Pidock himself made no statement before Judge Boyer announced his sentence: 18 years to life for the Oct. 14, 2012 murder of Suzanne Brown.
Pidock was accused of shooting Brown, 39, in her apartment in the 400 block of Lincoln Park Drive while she was holding their newborn child. Pidock also threatened the life of Brown’s son before he hit Brown with the fatal shot.
“You took my sister and I want to know why,” Brown’s sister Babs Proctor told Pidock just before the sentence was pronounced. “You are a coward; you should have turned the gun on yourself.”
“It’s a shame it took this for us to know how you treated her,” Brown’s mother Linda Stonebrook said. “I don’t wish you harm, I don’t wish death on you, only justice.” Pidock, wearing a prison issue jumpsuit and shackles had no change in his expression as the family spoke only sitting quietly and nodding his head as they each asked Pidock the same question: why he decided to end Brown’s life.
“This is a tragedy not only for the victim but also the family,” Pidock attorney Andrew Joseph said. “Pat took responsibility for his actions from the beginning and did not want to burden the family with a long, drawn-out trial.”
In the end, Pidock offered no reason for killing Brown; he was originally charged with five criminal counts, pled guilty to murder with a firearms specification and waived the standard presentence investigation and received the maximum sentence of 15 years to life for murder with an additional three-year prison term for the use of a firearm.