EDITOR’S NOTE: This statement was released Friday by Sherry and Joe Anincich, James and Amy Heisner, parents and stepparents of homicide victims Alisha Bromfield and her unborn daughter, Ava.
Alisha and Ava Bromfield’s murder have been the most difficult and painful time that our families have ever had to find the strength to endure.
This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Reliving and hearing the suffering that Alisha had to experience in her last moments as she pleaded for her life and her baby Ava’s life was heart-wrenching and unbearable for all of us to witness.
Our daughter was so vibrant and full of life and very excited about being a mom. She was looking forward to her future with Ava and to the wonderful new changes that were coming to our family. We were anticipating a brand new life.
On Aug. 19, 2012, we were heartbroken because those dreams were shattered. Our daughter and granddaughter will never have a voice. During the trial we heard Brian Cooper’s voice talking about an alleged broken childhood, stuttering, learning disabilities, alcohol ... These are never excuses for murdering two innocent lives and profoundly affecting the future of our family and friends. We will never be the same. We will never recover from this emptiness.
Brian Cooper repeated over and over in his confessions and 911 call that he intentionally murdered our daughter and granddaughter. Cooper confessed that he paced back and forth for two to three hours planning and prepping the killing of Alisha and Ava. We do not understand how two jurors who heard the evidence presented by the state could not come to the conclusion that there was intent and deliberate a guilty verdict. There was one juror who was disengaged as the note presented to Judge Ehlers stated, “We have one juror that not only dissents but has withdrawn from the process to the point that she doodles instead of participating and goes to the bathroom to interrupt the process when confronted. What do we do?” We are appalled. Where is the justice for our daughter and granddaughter?
Cooper will be retried later this year, but our fear is that there will again be no justice for our daughter Alisha and granddaughter Ava. We cannot describe how this has devastated the lives of Alisha and Ava’s family and friends.
Our hope is that Brian Cooper goes to prison for the rest of his life. We cannot comprehend the possibility of this vicious monster free to commit another murder under the guise of being intoxicated. We need to amend the Wisconsin statue 939.42. Brian Cooper’s defense has used this law to defend his action. He allegedly drank to the point that he could not form intent to commit the murders.
Evidence proved that he intended to kill Alisha and he planned it. How do we explain to our children that the man who killed their sister and niece might go free. We cannot begin the healing process until he is convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison. Please contact your elected officials and express your opinion on this horrible injustice. We do not want this great injustice happening to another family. We have set up a website in memory of our daughter, www.alishaandava.com.