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Looking For Closure

The sisters of a Swain County murder victim say they're trying to find closure after five years of court cases.

Former jail guard Anita Vestal was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison for helping murder suspect Jeffrey Miles escape.

He faced charges of killing Scott Wiggins and Heath Compton five years ago. Miles and several others are in jail for the murders.

Wiggins sisters say Vestal's conviction ends a five year ordeal, but they're still sorting through their emotions. Diane Wiggins says keeping notes helped and she wants to help others in similar situations.

"I would like to be more involved with the victims' families because we really didn't have a victims advocate that helped us through the process," said Wiggins.

Scott Wiggins' other sister, Christie Jones, says enduring five years of court cases has been like a roller coaster.

"I always put it, you're in this hole. Big black hole and you get almost back to the top and then something happens and you're back at the bottom and you're trying to dig your way back out," said Jones.

Diane Wiggins is also requesting transcripts of all the cases and is considering writing a book.

By Rex Hodge

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