The much anticipated sentencing for a convicted killer will now have to wait until mid-June, but family members and friends of the victim were still given the opportunity to address the 58 year
old Fairbanks man they say "changed their lives forever."
Rick Allen was scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in front of Judge Bethany Harbison.
But legal technicalities forced Harbison to delay the hearing until June 19th.
Allen had been charged with Second Degree Murder in the beating death of 59 year old Ellen Rada late last June at a homeless camp in East Fairbanks.
In late December, Allen pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of Manslaughter, a move Rada's family members called "ridiculous."
Given time to speak, some family members talked about the "devastation Allen's actions had brought."
They say that included the death of Rada's older brother, Issac Juneby, who had been in Anchorage keeping vigil over his sister when he was killed in a motor vehicle accident shortly after
leaving his sister's hospital bedside.
"You have no idea what you have taken from us," said Jody Potts, Ellen Rada's niece as she fought back tears.
Rada's eldest son, James Fraser, said he "forgives" Allen for what he had done.
"Rick, we both served in the Marines," said Fraser. "You know what you did is not how we act. I hope you find the help you need while you're in jail."
"And I forgive you."
After addressing Allen and the court, Fraser played a video montage of Rada, her children and grandchildren, as many in the courtroom openly wept.
Allen looked straight ahead and didn't make eye contact with any family members, nor did he watch the video presentation.
As part of the plea agreement, Allen faces between 7 and 11 years in jail.