Monday was just a tough day, all around. Kari and I departed (with Bryan Tiplady driving, thank goodness) just after 8:00 AM. We arrived sometime before noon. The court deputies took us to a secure parking location and escorted us into a private room in the courthouse to wait. As more of Ryan’s supporters arrive, they bring them into the room with us. The court posts armed security outside the room.
The court was running late because they were having technological issues linking-up to the Anthony Correction Center, so we waited. Then a communication comes in and we are escorted into the courtroom. Within minutes, Austin is brought in through a side door, handcuffed and shackled in standard prison orange. He avoids eye-contact with me.
Austin’s lawyer did the best he could. Really, he simply didn’t anything to work with and nothing had changed since the original sentencing. Well, at least nothing that wasn’t to his detriment. His motion was denied.
The court allowed the Vantrease family to exit the floor before escorting us into the hallway. I spent a few minutes with the media and talking to the Prosecuting Attorney. Once the defendant’s family was off-property, we were escorted to our car.
Thank goodness that was over. My head was screaming with a headache.
WVU Greeks Support Ryan
We met up with the leaders of the WVU Greek system at the Student Union. They presented us with a check for the money they raised during “Greek Week”. These are young men and women on a college budget that made a difference in a fellow student’s care. My hat is off.
I have a ton of admiration for them taking on Ryan as their cause. Even though I was in a fraternity, I must admit I was more interested in Sue at the time. We met when I was pledging and my days as a frat boy were essentially short-lived. Still, I know how much work went into making this a huge success.
We pulled in our driveway just before 7:00 PM. Ryan was having a rough time. I could see the pain in his face. Pulse was up (over 100), fever, and very uncomfortable. Sue was wiped-out. I immediately took over, forcing her to go to bed. I worked on Ryan until around midnight (deep suctioning, stretching, etc) before putting him to bed. Throughout the night his temperature climbed to around 101 and his pulse was over 120. I could find little to comfort him. Another sleepless night…
In the morning, we did a “clean catch” of urine and did a quick home test. He has a urinary tract infection that is now being treated. This is all too common with individuals who are in his condition. My heart is aching.