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Smirking killer gets 30 years for murder
Victim’s family tells of 29-year wait for justice
For 29 long years, the man who killed Angela Savage, a mother of two, got away with murder.
Judgment day did not come swiftly for Gary Troutman, but when it did, it carried a 30-year sentence.
On Thursday, eight years and 14 days after his arrest, Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes imposed the prison term after Troutman pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder in the 1986 case.
“This is what I’ve been waiting on: justice,” said the victim’s mother, Josephine Adams of Deerfield Beach. “And justice has been served.”
During sentencing, Savage’s brother, Wayne Adams, told the judge his sister had planned to marry the father of her young son, but never got the chance.
“Mr. Troutman, you stole her dreams,” Adams said. “We will never see her wedding now. My family will never be the same. Angela’s death is like a deep wound
that will never heal.”
Darryl Adams, another of Savage’s six siblings, says the family has been emotionally devastated since his sister’s murder.
“Gary Troutman caused a lot of pain and tears to my entire family,” he told the court. “We will never get over that pain and hurt. I forgive him, but I will never forget the hurt he has caused my family.”
The case had long gone cold by 2006. But the Broward Sheriff ’s Office reopened its investigation after the Sun Sentinel started reporting on the murder, 20 years old at the time.
A year later, Troutman, 53, was arrested and charged with Savage’s murder after DNA tests linked him to the crime scene.
Prosecutors Brian Cavanagh and Deborah Zimet were prepared to try the case Monday if Troutman had a last-minute change of heart about the plea deal. The case was delayed while Troutman ran through a string of lawyers and experts questioned his comBeach petency to stand trial.
Angela Savage, who would have been 54 this year, was last seen alive on March 17, 1986.
The next day, her body was found on a dirt path just blocks from her Deerfield home, beaten and strangled. She was 24 and four months pregnant. Her infant son, who was with her that day, was found crying on a neighbor’s doorstep blocks away.
Savage was not Troutman’s first victim.
In 1994, he admitted to killing 17-year-old Cassandra Scott on Feb. 5, 1986, six weeks before raping and strangling Savage.
In 1996, Troutman was sentenced to 25 years in prison for Scott’s murder, but was released in 2005.
He served such a short term because the crime occurred before the state began requiring convicts to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
Darryl and Wayne Adams both said they hope Troutman dies in prison.
“I’m 47,” Darryl Adams told the judge during sentencing. “My sister was murdered my senior year at Deerfield Beach High. Me and my family have never gotten over that.
“Back then I wanted revenge. But now I want justice.”
Angela’s mother said she felt some comfort knowing her daughter’s killer was finally getting his punishment.
During sentencing, she told the court of the sorrow she has suffered since her daughter was killed.
The two shared the same birthday, June 26. But for nearly three decades she’s been forced to celebrate without her eldest daughter.
“I’m just glad to be here to see this today,” she told the Sun Sentinel. “Today it will be over. She will rest in peace now. She is in a better place now than he is, because he has to take his punishment.”
“Angela’s death is like a deep wound that will never heal.”
Josephine Adams, murder