“I can’t say that I’m sorry you lost this one, Tommy,” Maria Mendoza called from the prosecution’s side of the courtroom.
Tommy Price, the defense attorney, shook his head with a grimace. “I know what you mean, Maria. I did my best, but I really didn’t expect to win. What can I say? He was obviously guilty.”
“How’d you get mixed up with him? You usually represent a better class of criminal.”
Tommy laughed outright. “Most of my clients are innocent, thank you very much. I defended Kyle Alexander because my wife asked me to. They went to school together, and she felt sorry for him.”
“Oh.” Maria understood perfectly. Most people who knew the Prices thought that Tommy would commit any act short of murder for Nikki, and some said he wouldn’t draw the line at murder either.
“You probably got him a lighter sentence,” Maria consoled.
“Yeah, probably. I just hope he turns over a new leaf while he’s in prison.”
Privately, Maria doubted it. Kyle Alexander had been in trouble since he was a kid, and she didn’t think that anything was going to change with him. As an adult his crimes had been progressively serious, culminating in this conviction for armed robbery. No, people like Kyle never changed. She had no doubt that she’d be prosecuting him again as soon as his sentence was served and he was free.