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Woman forgives ex-boyfriend for shooting her, but not for killing officer

Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

Vaillancourt said she is angry about the "mess" Walker left for her to clean up if and when she gets out of jail. She also doesn’t know what will happen with her daughter. She said Walker’s mother won’t take her calls or answer her letters. She doesn’t know what Sophie has been told about what is going on with her parents.

“I’m terrified, whether she doesn’t want me back. I just can’t let that little girl down,” she said. “She’s already been through so much, and I’m sure she’s confused.”

She ends her letter to Walker with: “I’m so scared Troy. You promised we would always be together. I love you.”

During her interview, she said she isn’t sure if she wants to speak with Walker in person.

“I don’t want to know why anymore. That would be the only reason that I would want to talk with him. That’s no longer an issue. I really don’t want anything to do with him anymore. I’m kind of over it,” she said.

But Vaillancourt does say Walker will always be a part of her life because they have a daughter and that he will never go away — even though he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Vaillancourt offered her apologies to Johnson's family but said she knows it won't be enough.

"I pray for them every night," she said.

She described Walker as very smart and very funny, but admits their relationship was hard to describe.

“Never in a million years would I have ever, I never would have ever imagined him doing something like this — ever,” she said.

On Tuesday, Walker pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, for killing Johnson, and attempted murder, a first-degree felony, for shooting Vaillancourt; and three counts of felony discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, all third-degree felonies. The sentences for the other counts were ordered to run consecutively.

Vaillancourt, meanwhile, is facing two counts of obstruction of justice for her role in the case. Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 15.

Johnson was just 10 minutes away from finishing his graveyard shift on Sept. 1 when he stopped to assist a vehicle that appeared to have been involved in a crash near 13200 S. Fort St.

Walker ambushed Johnson and shot him through the open passenger window before the sergeant had time to react. Walker continued to shoot as the officer attempted to drive away. Walker then shot Vaillancourt in the back before turning the gun on himself.

Contributing: Devon Dolan

Email: vvo-duc@deseretnews.com

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