The words Phillip Woodley couldn't say in court

FRESNO, Calif.

Action News has an exclusive look at the words he wanted to say to his family before the sentencing.

The family members who attended the sentencing told me they were shocked to hear Woodley wanted to make a statement.

As it turned out, their first chance to get his side of the story wasn't until Wednesday when I showed them this statement. Woodley had his chance to proclaim his innocence at his sentencing, but turned it down.

"I think my client would like to make a statement," defense attorney Eric Green told Judge Gary Hoff.

But before he finished speaking, Woodley interrupted by saying, "No, I'm good."

Woodley prepared a letter and planned to read it in court, but then he heard venom in victim impact statements.

"My sister and I will never forgive you and I hope you rot in hell where you belong," said the victims' daughter, Angela Gonzales, on Monday.

"There was so much anger in the courtroom, nothing he would say to them at that moment would have made any difference," said Phillip Woodley's daughter, Carla Betancourt.

In his letter, Woodley addressed the raw emotions of the case from all of Roy and Angie Woodley's family -- his supporters and his accusers.

"Let there be no misunderstanding: the pain, the anger and the great loss you feel, I also feel," he said. "The only difference being yours is misdirected."

But the people who saw him turn down the chance to talk don't think that's the case at all. They say he showed his true colors when he refused to speak.

"He was probably just angry at everything we had to say and he just couldn't compose himself probably," said the victims' grandson, Chris Gonzales. "That's how he is. He's a coward."

In his letter, Woodley calls his co-defendant, Jeff Rancour, a "sniveling, tearful actor." He says he has no more tears to shed, but insists, "I will go to my grave proclaiming my innocence."

To many family members, the letter is just another attempt at misdirection.

"They want this all out in the public that he's innocent you know, we're pointing the finger in the wrong direction," said Gonzales. "But 12 people on the jury saw the same thing we saw."

The last thing Woodley said in his statement is that "this is not over yet."

That's true.

His attorney tells me he filed the paperwork for an appeal, but the process could take months or even years.

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