"We'll no doubt see the ramifications of this crime for a long time," Chambers said.
The surviving victim of the attack was scheduled to testify at the hearing Monday but was absent for an unknown reason. According to court discussions, Atherton's children have been turned over to Child Protective Services for the time being.
Happe said he recognizes Atherton's remorse and desire to recover from alcoholism, but determined the aggravating circumstances outweighed the mitigation, and handed down the sentence.
"The choices you make have consequences," Happe said. "You had numerous chances to address your problem with alcohol before and never took it seriously enough."
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