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New Haven mother speaks out after son's killer found guilty

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Lisa Craggett should have been spending last weekend watching her son win a football state title with his Hillhouse teammates. Instead, she spent it inside a courthouse. (WFSB) Lisa Craggett should have been spending last weekend watching her son win a football state title with his Hillhouse teammates. Instead, she spent it inside a courthouse. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

A grieving mother finally got the verdict she'd been hoping for after her teenage son was gunned down in 2014.

15 year old Jacob Craggett was shot and killed back in 2014.

His mother spoke exclusively with Channel Three's New Haven bureau chief Matt McFarland.

It was an emotional week for Lisa Craggett.

She should have been spending last weekend watching her son win a football state title with his Hillhouse teammates.

Craggett added they would have spent the past Fall filling out college applications and making plans for next year.

Instead she spent Thursday in a courtroom where she got the guilty verdict she had been waiting for.

"The foreman said 'guilty', and I said 'Jesus'. He didn't put me out [of] the courtroom, but I was like, Jacob, justice for my baby," Craggett said.

Lisa Craggett said she just couldn't help herself after hearing that one word, "guilty".

She knows it won't bring back her son, but it has helped heal the wounds.

"It's been really rough. I've always said I don't wish this on any parent...it's just been so long, waiting, wanting justice, praying for justice and in a sense I have it," Craggett said.

On Thursday, a jury found 38 year-old Lamont "Duce" Edwards guilty in the August 2014 shooting.

The high school student was in a car on Vernon Street and was on his way home to make curfew.

He never made it because shortly after 9 p.m., Edwards opened fire and killed Jacob.

Jacob's brother Joshua was also shot but neither of them were the intended targets.

"He killed my son on a mistake. A mistake?" said Craggett.

She said that's the hardest part of his death.

But her son's legacy will live on with an annual scholarship. They gave out their second thousand dollar prize this Fall. 

Craggett added she is thankful for the work put in by police, prosecutors and the jury.

"I know my baby knows I'm feeling better, but I'm not all the way there yet. Sentencing is February 17th and as long as there is a breath in my body, we will all be there," Craggett said.

Edwards is facing up to 150 years in prison.

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