Mother Forgives Pregnant Daughter's Killer

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 4:56 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 4:56 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) -- It was an emotionally charged courtroom today as Marvin Brazzle is sentenced for manslaughter. Both the killer and the victim were two people with potential for better lives. Instead, a mother was murdered and her boyfriend will spend 25 years in prison.

The family of Angela Williams erupts in emotion after her killer is led away to prison. Marvin Brazzle admits that last April he strangled the pregnant mother of six after doing crack with her. Her family remembers an outgoing vibrant woman who struggled with drugs. Annella Williams-Brown tells us her daughter attended Nardin Academy for a period of time. "Intelligent, bright, she had a husband. Things just downturned for her."

Brazzle claims his life also took a downturn. He went from community hero to murderer. Brazzle was honorably discharged after serving in the US Army, and he reportedly saved 5 lives from fire the year before the murder. "I'm not that horrific killer the media makes me out to be. That's not me. I save lives I don't take them."

Brazzle calls William's death an accident. He asked her family for forgiveness. "They need to know I loved Angela also. I miss her, too."

William's family is also struggling. Living with the sudden loss of a mother who they hoped could turn her life around. Williams-Brown addresses the judge and her daughter's former boyfriend. "She was abe to withstand all the evils done to her. But April 20th, God was ready to bring her home. May God have mercy on your soul." Still, Williams-Brown tells Eyewitness News that she has forgiven her daughter's killer.

Angela was 6 months pregnant, and her family say it was Brazzle's child. Judge John Michalski noted that while he could not sentence Marvin Brazzle for killing an unborn child under New York State law, it is the reason that Brazzle received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.