Judge delays his decision for justice after a father is stabbed and killed

Posted at 10:06 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 08:31:20-05

A grieving family was forced to wait for justice after a judge delayed a sentencing on Tuesday.

District Court Judge Lawrence Talon decided to hold off on making a decision in the case against 18-year-old Stacy Rose.

Rose has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 49-year-old Robert Briscoe.

Rose stabbed Briscoe while Briscoe tried to break up a fight between his sons and a group of other teens involving Rose.  

The fight happened on July 30. Briscoe died in front of his home in Huron Township from the injuries.

"This was a good man, a hard working man, who took care of his family and at the that time was only protecting his family,” said Rose during the sentencing hearing.

He apologized to Briscoe’s family during the hearing. 

"I have so much remorse for what I've done, it's hard to sleep at night knowing someone has to go to bed thinking of their loved one gone because of my actions,” said Rose.

Briscoe’s family members want to see Rose prosecuted to the fullest and spend 10-15 years behind bars.  

"I cannot smile without feeling the pain and anger, knowing that he is gone forever, I don't know how to live my life without him, I'm 46-years-old, I've had Robert by my side since I was 15,” said Tami Briscoe, in her statement read to the court. 

The judge did not make a decision about the sentence.

"I'm not going to because I don't think it would be fair to anyone, I need to think about it when I'm not so tired,” said Judge Talon. 

When 7 Action News reached out to Judge Talon on the phone after the hearing, he said he understands the sacrifice and strain this places on families who take time off work to be in the courtroom, but he said it’s best not to make decisions while tired.

Briscoe’s wife told 7 Action News she was worried about speaking out about how frustrated and upset her family is about this decision, because she feared retaliation from the judge in his sentencing.

The new sentencing date for Rose is January 3.