FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- - After spending weeks living on the Treasure Coast following the sentencing of his nephew Tyler Hadley, Michael Hadley is finally resting back at his home in Fort Lauderdale.
For the first time in nearly three years, Michael said he can finally begin to move forward with healing, knowing Tyler Hadley will likely spend the rest of his life in a jail cell.
"Today was like a final, not a goodbye but it's over," said Michael.
Michael said it was like watching a funeral for his nephew Tyler.
A judge on Thursday sentenced Tyler to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Tyler was convicted of murdering his parents Blake and Mary Jo with a hammer, then later throwing a party.
"We don't like where he's at. We don't like what he's done. Of course we'll think about him and we'll worry about him. I mean we're family, how could we not?" he said.
Nearly three years of pain and worry is now starting to slowly subside with the stroke of a gavel.
"We're tired of being sad all the time because there's not a day that we don't wake up and talk about Blake and Mary Jo," he said.
With Tyler sentenced, Michael said he and his wife can finally make room in their lives to remember the better times.
They understand the situation is not exactly over. Their nephew will appeal his life sentence.
"If I kept on worrying for the rest of our lives, I'd probably end up with a stroke a few years from now. So we have to just accept it."
If there is anything to come out of the horrible, brutal murder of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley, Michael Hadley can only pray that maybe his sorrow can help another family.
But what he will never have is closure.
"You can't bring Blake and Mary Jo back," he said. "How could there be closure? They're gone forever."