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Justice for Jimmy Ryce

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The US Supreme Court has denied three last-minute appeals in the case of Juan Carlos Chavez.  Earlier today, the AP had this story on Jimmy's father Don Ryce, now 70 years old.

But with the killer's scheduled execution set for Wednesday, Don Ryce said the death of Juan Carlos Chavez will finally bring some measure of justice. Barring a successful last-minute appeal, Chavez is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.
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"People sometimes say that will bring you closure. There is no such thing as closure, hate that word. It doesn't resolve everything for you. My child will not suddenly come back if Chavez is executed," said Ryce, a 70-year-old retired labor lawyer. "But it's important to close that chapter out in my life and to feel like justice has finally been done for my son."
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Chavez abducted Jimmy at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County. Trial testimony showed Chavez, who worked on a local ranch, raped the boy and then shot him when he tried to escape, dismembering his body and putting the parts in planters that were then covered in concrete.
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Ryce said he blames Chavez not only for Jimmy's death, but also the 2009 death of his wife from a heart attack at age 66 and the suicide last year of his 35-year-old daughter. He still has another son, 37-year-old Ted Ryce, who lives in the Miami area.

"So many of my family members are dead, directly or indirectly because of Chavez, and he's still living. That does not feel right. It is not right," Ryce said.
UpdateMission accomplished at 8:17 EST.

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