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Evelyn's Family: Frederiksen guilty verdict brings justice, closure

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To say this day was a long time coming would be an understatement. Linda Christie has waited 10 years for justice to be served in the death of her granddaughter, five-year-old Evelyn Miller, back in 2005. Now, Evelyn's mother's boyfriend, Casey Frederiksen, has been convicted of sexually abusing and murdering the girl.

Both charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison. Frederiksen, 35, is already serving time in prison for possession of child pornography, found on his computer during the initial search for Evelyn.

The trial began last Monday, and ended with Frederiksen being found guilty on both counts.

"I'm relieved, these are tears of joy, because my granddaughter got justice," Christie said. "What more could a grandma want?"

Over the course of the trial, prosecutors painted a picture -- how Frederiksen abused Evelyn for years, before finally going too far, and causing a serious sexual injury. Evelyn's father was picking her up the next day, so prosecutors said Frederiksen killed Evelyn and put her body in the Cedar River to cover it up.

His face remained blank in court as the verdict was read, just days after he cried during the medical examiner's description of the damage done to Evelyn's body.

With the guilty verdict, prosecutors told KWWL they hope Evelyn's family can find some closure.

"These are among the worst facts I've ever encountered in my career," said prosecutor Scott Brown. "On any case, any homicide, anywhere."

Those terrible details, and the graphic photos shown to jurors brought emotions to a breaking point in court. With the verdict, that all came pouring out, with tears and hugs in the hallway.

"What comes around goes around," Christie said. "He will pay for his crime."

Frederiksen's defense attorney, Aaron Hawbaker, declined to comment after the verdict. Frederiksen was also silent as he left court.

Sentencing has been set for May 11.

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