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By Ann Rubin

Columbia, IL (KSDK) - In Columbia, Illinois, the Colemans' neighbors had been waiting on pins and needles for a decision.

Those who spoke to NewsChannel 5 Thursday evening said they'll never forget what happened here. They wanted justice and they believe that's what they got this afternoon.

Residents in the Columbia Lakes subdivision gathered to watch as the verdict in Chris Coleman's murder trial came down.

The result was guilty on three counts. The reaction was relief.

"Glad that they got the right verdict. Very glad. A lot of relief just here in the neighborhood," said neighbor John Farrow.

Another neighbor, Aubrielle Sanders, said, "Obviously, I'm relieved. You know it's such a horrific thing and it's good to get closure."

Coleman's wife Sheri and sons, Garret and Gavin, were found dead in their home May 5, 2009. Since the murder, the house has remained empty, a lasting reminder of what happened.

And though neighbors had been watching the trial intently, they admit the long deliberation had them worried.

"You never know how things like that are going to turn out so of course it was nerve wracking," Sanders said.

They said they're glad this ordeal will finally be over. And that the verdict came on the two year anniversary of the crime, neighbors say is somehow fitting.

"I think not only the neighborhood but the community of Columbia can move on and put this behind them. And I think justice has been served," said neighbor Mike Darnell.

Farrow said, "For the family and the neighbors and the friends, it came on the right day."

In Columbia, Illinois, the Colemans' neighbors had been waiting on pins and needles for a decision. Those who spoke to NewsChannel 5 Thursday evening said they'll never forget what happened here. They wanted justice and they believe that's what they got this afternoon. Residents in the Columbia Lakes subdivision gathered to watch as the verdict in Chris Coleman's murder trial came down. The result was guilty on three counts. The reaction was relief. "Glad that they got the right verdict. Very glad. A lot of relief just here in the neighborhood," said neighbor John Farrow. Another neighbor, Aubrielle Sanders, said, "Obviously, I'm relieved. You know it's such a horrific thing and it's good to get closure." Coleman's wife Sheri and sons, Garret and Gavin, were found dead in their home May 5, 2009. Since the murder, the house has remained empty, a lasting reminder of what happened. And though neighbors had been watching the trial intently, they admit the long deliberation had them worried. "You never know how things like that are going to turn out so of course it was nerve wracking," Sanders said. They said they're glad this ordeal will finally be over. And that the verdict came on the two year anniversary of the crime, neighbors say is somehow fitting. "I think not only the neighborhood but the community of Columbia can move on and put this behind them. And I think justice has been served," said neighbor Mike Darnell. Farrow said, "For the family and the neighbors and the friends, it came on the right day."

In Columbia, Illinois, the Colemans' neighbors had been waiting on pins and needles for a decision. Those who spoke to NewsChannel 5 Thursday evening said they'll never forget what happened here. They wanted justice and they believe that's what they got this afternoon. Residents in the Columbia Lakes subdivision gathered to watch as the verdict in Chris Coleman's murder trial came down. The result was guilty on three counts. The reaction was relief. "Glad that they got the right verdict. Very glad. A lot of relief just here in the neighborhood," said neighbor John Farrow. Another neighbor, Aubrielle Sanders, said, "Obviously, I'm relieved. You know it's such a horrific thing and it's good to get closure." Coleman's wife Sheri and sons, Garret and Gavin, were found dead in their home May 5, 2009. Since the murder, the house has remained empty, a lasting reminder of what happened. And though neighbors had been watching the trial intently, they admit the long deliberation had them worried. "You never know how things like that are going to turn out so of course it was nerve wracking," Sanders said. They said they're glad this ordeal will finally be over. And that the verdict came on the two year anniversary of the crime, neighbors say is somehow fitting. "I think not only the neighborhood but the community of Columbia can move on and put this behind them. And I think justice has been served," said neighbor Mike Darnell. Farrow said, "For the family and the neighbors and the friends, it came on the right day."

 

In Columbia, Illinois, the Colemans' neighbors had been waiting on pins and needles for a decision. Those who spoke to NewsChannel 5 Thursday evening said they'll never forget what happened here. They wanted justice and they believe that's what they got this afternoon. Residents in the Columbia Lakes subdivision gathered to watch as the verdict in Chris Coleman's murder trial came down. The result was guilty on three counts. The reaction was relief. "Glad that they got the right verdict. Very glad. A lot of relief just here in the neighborhood," said neighbor John Farrow. Another neighbor, Aubrielle Sanders, said, "Obviously, I'm relieved. You know it's such a horrific thing and it's good to get closure." Coleman's wife Sheri and sons, Garret and Gavin, were found dead in their home May 5, 2009. Since the murder, the house has remained empty, a lasting reminder of what happened. And though neighbors had been watching the trial intently, they admit the long deliberation had them worried. "You never know how things like that are going to turn out so of course it was nerve wracking," Sanders said. They said they're glad this ordeal will finally be over. And that the verdict came on the two year anniversary of the crime, neighbors say is somehow fitting. "I think not only the neighborhood but the community of Columbia can move on and put this behind them. And I think justice has been served," said neighbor Mike Darnell. Farrow said, "For the family and the neighbors and the friends, it came on the right day."

 

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