Family of Greg "Ziggy" Zyszkiewicz speaks out after disappointing verdict
On Wednesday a jury found 18-year-old Deshaun Scott guilty of felony murder.
In court they played a recording of the shots that killed Ziggy. His family tells CBS 58 reporter Lindsey Branwall that hearing those kinds of details was the hardest part, "You hear things that you maybe hear in a crime story on TV, CSI or some show like that, but this is our dad this is real this is our life and it's just, it's hard."
Having to re-live his murder in court, Zyszkiewicz’ oldest daughter says the support of family kept them "Ziggy Strong,” "The four of us know something that almost nobody else knows. That we know the loss we know the pain. We know. So I think being together and being there; when someone was really, really low we could say we get it, we understand exactly where the anger, this hurt, this sadness," said Heather Zyszkiewicz Sharafinski
When the jury was finished deliberating the verdict was not what they expected.
Felony murder is a lesser charge than first degree reckless homicide which means Scott will spend less time in prison. The jury’s verdict was because they felt there wasn't enough proof Scott was the person who shot and killed Zyszkiewicz.
“We were hoping it would be reckless homicide. It was felony murder instead so it was not exactly the verdict that we were hoping for. But I think now what we do we look towards sentencing and what we can do as a family to bring a little sliver of justice,” said Heather.
With sentencing almost two months away they're asking those that knew Ziggy to show their support, “Our dad went to work one day and he deserved to come home. We want people to know this type of violence, It's not okay. There needs to be harsher punishment for it. Our dad deserved to come home, but somebody wanted his car.”
The family says anyone that knew or loved Ziggy can write a victim impact letter for the upcoming sentencing. Those people can also attend the sentencing in support which will happen at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on July 30.