BUFFALO, N.Y. -- All they wanted was to hear her say she killed their father. That's what Barry Moss' daughters said Tuesday after the woman who fatally hit him learned she'll spend the next year behind bars.
"I do realize I came into contact with something, but I did not know what it was," Gabriele Ballowe said in the courtroom. "I should have stopped and it's a mistake that will haunt me for forever. I pray for the family, that they find peace in the loving memory of their father, for his grandkids. I am very, very sorry for their loss."
Words the family of Barry Moss has been waiting to hear for three years. Words Moss' daughter Cassandra Moss said she'd been longing to say to woman who killed him.
"In the late hours of Dec. 21, 2013, he was struck by a SUV driven by Gabriele Ballowe," Cassandra said as she looked over at Ballowe in the courtroom.
And a sentence handed down following years of agony.
"Based on where this case started as a vehicular manslaughter punishable by up to 15 years and this three year journey ending in a one year sentence was actually a fair result," Ballowe's defense attorney Tom Eoannou said.
"Is this a happy moment, no," Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty said. "This isn't a day of joy. This is a day of relief and a day of recognition that the system works."
And it’s the start of closure for Moss' family.
"It's been so uncertain," Ashley Venters, Moss' daughter said. "It goes one way and then the other and we never knew what was going on. Now we have finality on that end. Now we can deal with what we're going through."
With Wednesday marking the three years since Moss' death and Christmas just around the corner, his daughters’ said Ballowe's sentencing doesn't make it any easier.
"I think all of us are constantly reliving the moment we found out he was killed in our heads," Cassandra said.
"The hardest memory for me was giving my kids their Christmas presents that he bought them on Christmas after he passed," Ashley said. "It still to this day bothers me and they still have the stuffed animals."
However, they said they're grateful for the peace years of hard work and persistence has given them now.
"This is as much of an accomplishment and closure for them as it is for us," Cassandra said.