MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It was November of 2009 when 37-year-old Kima Bradley was shot to death. In the time since, her family has born the tragedy of her death and the shocking revelation that her husband, Calvin Bradley, was responsible.
"These last two years have been very stressful and painful," said Kima's sister Mary Lawrence.
A few days after her death, Bradley's husband had appeared shocked and mourning in front public.
"I don't see why she would be the target of anything," Calvin Bradley told WLOX News at the time. "She never bothered anybody, never hurt anyone, so I don't see why anybody would want to take a chance and hurt her like that."
He was charged with the murder shortly after.
Now, Kima's family has a sense of closure. Bradley pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentence to 20 years in prison. Five of those years are suspended, and he will serve 15 in total.
"Today is a new day. It's a new beginning for our family that we can start to live, not forgetting Kima, but being able to live on knowing that she is at peace knowing that he is behind bars," said Lawrence who believes justice is finally served.
However, the justice is still bittersweet
"I can move forward, but it's not going to change the fact that she's not here. But, it's going to help the healing process," said Kima's daughter Angel Cobb.
The family also noted pain knowing that a Kima's granddaughter, for whom she is named, will never know her grandmother.
Her family called Kima their "princess" and says she is always in their thoughts.
"I want them to remember the love that she had for people and the compassion and that she was full of love and life," said Lawrence.
"Some days I just think about her and I just smile. Like, some days I just burst into tears and some days I just laugh," said Cobb about her mother's memory.
The family also expressed their deep gratitude to Gulfport Police and everyone involved in the investigation and trial. They also thanked everyone who held their family in prayers and thoughts during the difficult time.