My son was killed and Judge Maryanne Gilliard was the Judge hearing the case against the Defendant, prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. The Defendant pled and therefore there was no evidence presented that allowed truth or cross examination. Judge Gilliard took what the Defendant's public defender gathered and proceeded to lecture my family. We are as close as a family can possibly get - we love and support one another. Judge Gilliard (knowing the grief my family was experiencing and without knowing my family other than what Defendant's PD presented) proceeded to lecture my oldest son, telling him he could have been a better older brother. After losing his brother this caused more heartache and was an untrue statement. For a Judge to lecture a victim's family after only hearing dirt dug up by the PD was absolutely ruthless. My oldest son now lives with this experience with a Judge forever. We all question what we could have done to save a loved one, a mother's child, a brother and a grandchild - this statement by Judge Gilliard will harm and haunt my son forever. The PD's statements were filled with lies and parts of my son's life wrongfully translated as she wanted. I truly hope this never happens to another family and that Judge Gilliard would not cause such harm to another child who loses his/her sibling. This was not justice nor was it professional. This only added to our grief.