Mom of Joleen Cummings shares message for daughter’s convicted killer

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YULEE, Fla. – Minutes after she acquired the justice she had been praying for within the 3½ years following the disappearance of her 34-year-old daughter, Ann Johnson supplied a message for her daughter’s killer:

“I do have a message from one mom to a different mom. I do know that you simply really feel the ache of not having the ability to see your son, however should you might discover it inside your coronary heart to inform us the place the stays of my daughter — the place are the stays of my daughter? Give us some closure. I’m asking you from one mom to a different. That’s all I’ve to say, and that’s all I pray for.”

It solely took a jury just a little over an hour Thursday to seek out Kimberly Kessler responsible of first-degree homicide within the dying of Johnson’s daughter, Joleen Cummings.

“As we speak we reward God, reward God, that we acquired the decision and that it offers us some sort of closure. Whereas my daughter Jolene has not been discovered, we’ve, no less than, the decision of the indictment of first-degree premediated homicide,” Johnson stated Thursday afternoon exterior the Nassau County Courthouse. “We miss Joleen each second of the day — my household, our households, the Cummings’ households, the kids. Not a day goes by. However I actually really feel like Joleen is with us immediately. I felt like she’s truly been in that courtroom with us.”

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Cummings, who labored with Kessler at a Nassau County salon, disappeared in Could 2018. Her stays have by no means been discovered.

After the decision got here down, Johnson, who has intently adopted the case, took the time to thank Nassau County Sheriff Invoice Leeper, State Lawyer Melissa Nelson, the jury and everybody else who was concerned within the prosecution.

“Our prayers have been answered,” she stated.

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Johnson was one of many first witnesses referred to as to testify within the trial. She stated it wasn’t her daughter’s character to simply disappear. “She didn’t even acknowledge her birthday,” Johnson stated.

Cummings was final seen alive on Could 12, 2018, at Tangles Hair Salon, the place she labored with Kessler. Johnson stated the subsequent day, Mom’s Day, would have been Cummings’ birthday, however as an alternative, she was reported lacking when she didn’t choose up her kids to spend time with them that day, as she was scheduled to do.

A lot of the testimony through the trial targeted on bodily proof discovered on the salon that investigators stated factors to Cummings being killed there.

Regardless of a prolonged search, together with one at a Georgia landfill, no hint of Cummings’ stays has ever been discovered.

Johnson has stated she simply needs to have the ability to lay her daughter to relaxation.

“A life has been reduce brief by way of an act of cruelty,” Johnson wrote in an announcement earlier this yr, marking three years since Cummings’ disappearance. “The disregard for human life provides overwhelming emotions of turmoil, mistrust, injustice, and helplessness to a traditional sense of loss and sorrow. The world not feels as secure because it as soon as did. When your baby is murdered, grief is barely the start.”

Following Thursday’s verdict, News4JAX obtained an announcement from the daddy of Cummings’ two sons, saying, partially:

“I do need to say thanks to all people who put one second into this case from the Cops,FBI,Prosecutors and all people in-between. Sure immediately was an ideal day there may be nonetheless an vacancy of to not having joleens whereabouts or having her with us. Her children ask about her and speak about her day by day they may develop as much as know their mom was liked by many.”

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