Victim's Family Reacts to Sentencing

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A Marietta man who pleaded guilty to murder just last week was back in court Tuesday to learn his fate.

Carol Alsept still can't believe her daughter, Amber Wesley, is gone. Now, the man she believes to be responsible for her death is set to spend anywhere from fifteen years to life in prison.

"I knew all along he was guilty. I just waited for this day for him to tell everybody that he knew he was guilty," Alsept said.

22-year-old Noal Quattlebaum pleaded guilty just last week for Wesley's murder. It all happened back in July at Wesley's Warren Township home. Now seven months later, family and friends are still in shock.

"She was always happy. She enjoyed life, spending time with friends, and I can't believe it happened to her," Anastasia Hoffann, a friend of Wesley's, said.

Alsept said Quattlebaum's sentencing is just the first battle. Now she's fighting for custody of her two grandchildren that her daughter left behind.

"I love her and I miss her very much, and I'm gonna fight with everything I've got to raise them babies and to the best grandmother to them babies that I can, because I was a good mother to Amber," Alsept said.

And Alsept said there's just one thing she has to say to Quattlebaum:

"You've got a long, lonely life ahead of you," she said.

A life that for at least the next 15 years will be spent behind bars.

Quattlebaum declined to give any comment, saying that he had nothing to say.

After his sentencing, Quattlebaum was taken back to the Washington County Jail.


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  • by amama Location: mtta on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    sometimes a person who is not guilty has to say guilty because there isn't enough money to fight a ridiculous charge. He should have gone free. Focus on the children and let the rest of this go.
  • by D Location: ohio on Feb 11, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Well, I think it is great that Carol wants to be involved with her grandchildrens lives, but is it really necessary to "fight" for custody when she already knows that one of the babies has a FATHER who wants to take care of a child he helped to create. That he only found out about her after Ambers' death. I think it is coargeous of her to stand up and say those hard words, but lets bring it down a notch for the good of the children, they have been through so much already. Then I saw that their pictures were in the newspaper, what nerve. They are just babies and now they will forever be scared by the eye of the public, a curent event exploited, they did not ask anyone to put their pictures in the paper and now they are an object of pitty and saddness instead of love. There is no way to undo what has already been done, however as viewers, parents, strangers, we should respect the privacy of the children and their families, remember this is not hollywood, this is home, ours and theirs.
  • by Kelly Location: Parkersburg on Feb 10, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    that guy gets what he deserves i personally think he should get more b/c now that i know that kids are affected i think he should get death penalty. those kids are never going to know how good there mother was. god bless that girls family and her children!!!
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