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Murder Victim’s Family Gives Emotional Statements at Sentencing of Michael McEvoy

By Corey Allen-Young, Education Reporter, cyoung@ktuu.com
Published On: Nov 01 2013 11:03:41 PM AKDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 11:04:15 PM AKDT

By Reporter Corey Allen-Young

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

He pleaded guilty to the 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Mozelle Nalan at a psychiatric living facility.

On Friday, Michael McEvoy was sentenced to 60 years in jail.

For the family of the victim, McEvoy’s sentencing was all about making sure Mozelle Nalan’s life is never forgotten.

"Whatever he did to her body, he cannot touch her soul," said Nalan's mother Natasha, who spoke via phone.

In late June 2011, McEvoy, then 21, shot Nalan multiple times in the head and neck and again while she was on the ground. She died weeks after later. He walked into the backyard of the Soteria house, a residential psychiatric treatment center where Nalan had volunteered.      

"He has been found to be manic, agitated, hyper, delusional, paranoid," said assistant district attorney Daniel Shorey.

"At the time of this shooting, Mr. McEvoy was under the grips of very severe delusion, clearly a product of his mental illness," said McEvoy's public defender Daniel Lowery.

Nalan's family says there is no excuse for shooting her.

"I know you suffer from mental illness, but you chose to get those guns," said Natasha Nalan. "You stood behind her and you took them out and you put them in your pocket and I don't know why."

Nalan's family says there are a lot of unanswered questions that won't ever bring back a young lady who was full of life and humor.

"I kept imagining she would wake up and say, ‘ha, I got you again mom, wasn't that an elaborate joke,’ but she is not going to open her eyes again and she is not going to do a joke again," said Natasha Nalan.

McEvoy did speak saying he wishes he could change what he did.

"I am sorry to Mozelle Nalan,” said McEvoy. “I am sorry to Mozelle Nalan's family."

After being medicated for his mental illness, he says he's taking responsibility for his actions.

"My dad wanted me to plead not guilty by reason of insanity," said McEvoy. "I'm man-ing up and pleading guilty now as opposed to trying to hide behind this."

Nalan's siblings say his words came too late.

"You don't even get the pain my mom and I feel," said Natasha Nalan, who read statements from her three children. "Mozelle and I would make forts and eat cereal, now I make forts alone and I eat cereal alone."

The victim’s family says there's nothing left for the family, except memories to help them get through the sorrow.

"There's no more pictures your honor, there should be pictures of her graduating, there should be pictures of her getting married and having a baby," said Natasha Nalan.

Nalan's family say they’ll keep praying the painful void will one day be filled.

McEvoy is eligible for parole in 18 years.

Prosecutors say it’s unlikely he will be released then.     

But in 38 years, if he has good behavior, he will be released under mandatory parole. Judge Philip Volland is including the Nalan family statements to be read at any future parole hearing.