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Mother: Killer shows no remorse for son's death

Posted November 24, 2008

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— The mother of a slain Lee County boy lashed out Monday at the man convicted of killing her son four years ago.

In an interview with WRAL News last week, Victor Gamble continued to maintain he didn't kill 11-year-old Bradley Way.

"I feel like I should not be charged with murder because I didn't murder nobody," said Gamble, who is serving a life sentence in Scotland Correctional Institution.

Way's mother, Kristy Lester, said hearing Gamble's statements brought back a flood of emotion. She said he showed no remorse for her son's death.

"Even if he wasn't the one who initially took my son's life, he didn't do anything to save him," Lester said in a telephone interview from her home in Bluefield, W. Va.

Authorities said someone broke into Way's home on JJ Lane near the Lee-Moore county line on June 12, 2004, and was surprised to find the fifth-grader inside. The boy was beaten and stomped to death, and his body was dumped in an abandoned mobile home nearby, where it was found a few days later.

Gamble's fingerprints were found on a broken window at the home, and investigators said he stole jewelry from the home and pawned it for $65.

Although he said an accomplice in the burglary killed Way, Gamble pleaded guilty two years ago to murder, kidnapping and breaking and entering to avoid facing the death penalty.

Last month, Kevin Lance Key admitted to Lee County investigators that he had taken part in Way's slaying, although he claimed Gamble killed the boy.

Key, who lives about a quarter-mile from the Way home and was a longtime suspect in the case, has been charged with murder, kidnapping, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.

"It's hard to accept the fact that he's been out and could've done this to somebody else," Lester said.

Lester said she still has nightmares about Way's death and fears for her younger son's life. She moved from Lee County a couple of years ago to live with her mother.

Bruce Cunningham Jr., Gamble's new attorney, said he plans to challenge his guilty plea now that Key has finally confessed to his involvement. Under state law, Gamble can be charged with murder for participating in the burglary of the Way home, regardless of whether he actually killed Bradley Way.

Lester said that, even if Gamble is telling the truth, his recent statements show he is still responsible for her son's death.

"They could've walked away. My son was no challenge to them, no kind of threat to them," she said. "If they would do it to my child, they'll do it to somebody else."

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  • Sleepy20_98 Nov 25, 2008

    It's makes this story even more sick that he would try justify himself as inocent by "not actually have killed this poor child himself" but just that he was present during the murder. Oh, well then that makes it all better you demented animal, whatever helps you sleep at night....death 2 both of them!

    I have 2 boys ages 6 & 8, I can't even imagene the pain? Stories like make me absolutly sick with the true evil that exsist in this world....

  • annemarek Nov 25, 2008

    It is interesting that on the nights when there were executions, the protestors would stand outside the prison waving their protest signs declaring capitol punishment inhumane and cruel. Chants of “What would Jesus Do echoed through the air. (Answer: allow the execution) The debate goes on about executions. For those inmates with life sentences there comes a huge expense to the tax payer. A tax payer who should carry a protest sign stating-This is cruel and inhumane. Please end our suffering and execute now.

  • Oh Well Nov 25, 2008

    May God be with this child's family. Clearly Satan is running the lives of the 2 men that violently took this little boy's life. Mans justice will never be enough punishment.

  • Bassgtrzan Nov 25, 2008

    This PUNK should rot in prison for the rest of his life. the one who admitted to killing the child shoud be puy to a slow and painfull death. Just my opinion...

  • Sessy V--V Nov 25, 2008

    what a sad story.......

    God needed another Angel. Cant even imagine what this mother has been going thru in the past 4 years.

  • wmlamm Nov 25, 2008

    FIRST OF ALL MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE BOY'S FAMILY. SECOND THE BOY COULDN'T HAVE HURT TWO GROWN MEN. THE STATE SHOULD KILL BOTH MEN FOR THIS CRIME. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY THIER WAY SO THEY CAN SIT IN JAIL FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME. THEY BOTH ADMITTED TO THE CRIME.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 25, 2008

    I don't understand why WRAL ran his story. No matter who did the murder he's legally guilty and nothing will change. It seems a waste of time and an unnecessary upset to the victim's family.

  • annemarek Nov 25, 2008

    The perpetrators often brag about their vicious crimes. Remorse is not a factor in the thinking of an anti-social personality.

  • vote4changeASAP Nov 25, 2008

    This man is pure evil. He murdered his father in the trailer they shared a few months ago. He needs to be put to death ASAP.

  • St Ives Nov 25, 2008

    How could someone do this to a little boy with his whole life ahead of him. I feel no remorse for either of the men who broke into this home and changed this familys fate forever.

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