THE mother of an 11-year-old murdered by his stepmother has shared heartbreaking news.
Gannon was murdered in January 2020.
Letecia was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole by Colorado District Judge Gregory Werner.
She had been charged with first degree murder, murder of a child under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a deceased person.
After the verdict Land HoittGannon’s biological mother, posted several pictures of a rainbow on Facebook taken by others in the community around the time Letecia received her sentence.
“Rainbows stretched to the shore. God has his hand on it!!! What a great reminder of God’s promise and a great symbol of beauty,” Landen wrote.
But many believe that the rainbow was sent by Gannon.
“I think that was how Gman let his family know he made it home to heaven and justice was done,” one person commented.
“I love that! God’s promise and Gannon makes it known in such a beautiful way. I got goosebumps when they read guilty on every charge. It will never change how much he is missed by his family but at least justice has been done!” another wrote.
“Gannon let us know he’s free now! He’s happy with the result!” said another.
“This is absolutely beautiful and a sign of Gannon. I also saw one on my back door here in Colorado Springs and I felt Gannon’s spirit say thank you all so much for loving me and getting me the justice I deserve. Sending so much love to you and your entire family,” another chimed in.
“Gannon was born seriously premature and barely filled both of my hands the first time I held him,” Gannon’s birth father, Al, told a local CBS affiliate KKTV.
“At the end of his life, after his body was cremated and turned to ashes, he was no taller than the first time I held him.
“I would never have left you alone at home with a killer and the last person to see you alive.”
The trial and conviction marked the end of more than three years of ordeal for Gannon’s family.
Gannon was killed after his father left the family home outside of Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, for a US deployment national guard.
Prosecutors said Letecia stabbed the boy 18 times, hit him on the head and then shot him once Colorado in January 2020.
She reported him missing Jan. 27, prompting a search in Colorado Springs, but police heard a multitude of stories about the suspect.
Detectives eventually determined that her claims that a carpet craftsman raped her and kidnapped Gannon were false.
A row of shocking messages Letecia sent her daughter after the murder were brought to justice.
In a message, Stauch told her daughter, “I need to get a lawyer quick.”
Her daughter described in court how Stauch claimed she was being “framed” and needed legal defense.
Letecia’s defense team tried to argue that she was insane when she attacked Gannon, but the jury convicted her on all counts.
“I can say without hesitation that the facts in this case are the most horrifying I have ever seen,” Werner told Letecia at Monday’s hearing.