Ed Brinkman, the father of Brian Brinkman who was shot to death in Fort Worth by wife Jennifer Brinkman in 2006, is still trying to come to grips with his son's tragic death and the fact his killer was assessed only probation, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper. Mr. Brinkman was feeling even more disappointed when the attorney of his son's killer filed a motion for early release from even that lenient punishment of 10 years probation.
Jennifer Brinkman has served only a little more than three years of the 10 years probation she was assessed by a jury after she was found guilty of first degree murder. She could've received as much as life in prison for pulling a gun out of her backpack and shooting to death her husband who is buried near Electra, Texas.
A former student at Wichita Falls Rider High School, Brian was a talented young man, according to the statement he read to District Judge Louis E. Sturns at last Thursday's hearing. He died way too young.
His father Ed Brinkman's statement which he read to Judge Sturm and e-mailed is as follows: "Brian was the first of my sons to receive a university degree. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. He started two successful businesses, and I looked forward to see the businessman he would become. After high school, he was the youngest manager of a Golden Corral restaurant in the U.S. Brian had the drive to be the best at whatever he did. That was all taken away on December 31, 2006 when Brian was pronounced dead. His kidneys and liver were harvested. This has been difficult for me to accept and share. I had to pull the plug at the hospital to end any hope for my son that I might have had. Did I do it too soon? I read occasionally where people came out of their comas. When speaking of the way my son was murdered, I don't even know how to refer to Jennifer. She killed my son. Is she my daughter-in-law?
When asked about my grandchildren I have nothing to say. I haven't had any real contact in years. The last time was a visitation for my birthday. Brian had Lance in his arms.
I feel I must justify to others my son's innocence because the trial had no witnesses of Brian ever physically abusing Jennifer. However, Since she received probation many still have questions.
Being found guilty of first degree murder Jennifer was sentenced to 10 years probation as an alternative to 10 years in prison. A person convicted of lst degree Felony Murder could face a prison term of 5-99 years or life in prison. What a lucky woman."
Brian and Jennifer had twins Lance and Alexis.
Brian's father was relieved Thursday evening when Judge Sturm declined to release her from probation early. Jennifer Brinkman could still be released early from probation if her attorney files another motion for early release at a later date. She could also be sent to the Texas penitentiary for the full 10 years under Texas law if she violates the terms of her probation.
Reports indicated Brian and Jennifer texted only hours before she shot him to death. Court testimony indicated he was unarmed when he died. She claimed self-defense as a reason for the fatal shooting.
Jennifer is reportedly planning on getting re-married soon.
Brian was the manager of the Chili's in Denton after he attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
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