Bonifay, Florida - April 5, 2012 -
Convicted murderer Johnny Sketo Calhoun walked into the Holmes County courtroom Wednesday with a smile on his face. This was the first time we've seen him since his guilty conviction in February. It was also the first time he spoke publicly about the case.
"Sorry for being a little broke up, it hurts me to see my family like that," Calhoun told Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson.
Calhoun talked about his childhood and some of the mistakes he made. He owned up to those mistakes but never specifically admitted to Brown's murder.
"I don't blame anybody else for any of the decisions I made. Behind each wrong step I took was my clear decision to take it," said Calhoun.
He also told Judge Patterson he was happy no matter what his fate may be.
"If this court says death sentence I'll say 'Praise God,' if it says life I'll say 'Praise God.'"
After Calhoun came the victim impact portion of the hearing. Several of Brown's family members say her death has had an everlasting impact on them. And religious revival or not, they said Calhoun deserves to be put to death.
"Like he said he made his bed and now he has to lie in it. I say let's hurry up and get him there so Heavenly Father can deal with him," said Mia Brown's sister Megan Kriser.
"You're still going to burn in Hell with the rest of the people," said Brown's brother Chuck Riddle.
Judge Patterson gave both sides twenty days to submit their per-sentencing paperwork. After that time, he'll set a sentencing date.