'PawPaw' remembers Lane Fairchild after verdict

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Jurors ultimately found Gregory Miller not guilty of murder but did find him guilty of child abuse for which they recommended a 17-year prison sentence. (Source KSWO)
Jurors ultimately found Gregory Miller not guilty of murder but did find him guilty of child abuse for which they recommended a 17-year prison sentence. (Source KSWO)
Robert "PawPaw" Fairchild said justice was not served after Miller was not found guilty of murder of his grandson. (Source KSWO)
Robert "PawPaw" Fairchild said justice was not served after Miller was not found guilty of murder of his grandson. (Source KSWO)

FREDERICK, OK (KSWO) - The grandfather of Lane Fairchild says after Wednesday night's verdict in the Gregory Miller Junior murder trial, he does not believe justice has been served.

Miller was facing charges of first-degree murder in the death of Lane Fairchild, the son of his girlfriend Kelly Fairchild.

A Tillman County jury found Miller not guilty of murder but did find him guilty of child abuse.

"It hurts. It hurts really bad. To come out here and know that baby is laying right there," said Lane's grandfather, Robert Fairchild.

Lane Fairchild was just 19-months old when he died. Robert Fairchild, says Lane is greatly missed by the entire family.

"He was a joy to be with. He was always smiling, happy go lucky, loved pizza. He'd sit on my lap on Thanksgiving and Christmas and eat. He was little but boy could he eat. You could have a bad day and that little guy would come in and that smile would just light up the room," Fairchild said.

Fairchild said he has a lot of great memories with Lane, who he would often care for while his father was at work. He said just a few months before Lane died, Santa brought him a brand new bike for Christmas.

"Where's Lane's bicycle? In my shed. When he got it, he couldn't peddle it but he could sit on it. He didn't have a chance to learn to ride it. He didn't have a chance to learn to roller skate or go fishing," Fairchild said.

For the past week, Fairchild sat in Gregory Miller's trial, the man who prosecutors said was responsible for Lane's death. Jurors ultimately found him not guilty of murder and guilty on a child abuse charge for which they recommended a 17-year prison sentence. Fairchild does not believe that sentence fits the crime.

"There he lays, the result of child abuse and they want to say that's justice. Well, you know what, ladies and gentleman if that's justice there is something very wrong with our judicial system," Fairchild said.

Miller will be eligible for parole after serving 85-percent of his sentence.

"Then he gets to get out, see the sunshine, go eat a pizza, smell the fresh cut grass. What does my grandson get? A cold dark hill west of Lawton for eternity," Fairchild said.

Fairchild said he has 19-months-worth of memories with Lane that he holds onto every day and has a message for the grandson he'll never get to see grow up.

"Pop Pop loves you and I'm sorry I wasn't there to protect you. That's the job of a grandpa, to make sure your grand kids are safe and that they don't need anything or want anything." Fairchild said.

7NEWS tried to get a reaction from Miller's family after the verdict was read Wednesday night but they did not comment.

Miller will be sentenced on April 6th.

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