LIHUE — Cielia Pirotton of Hanamaulu was on edge all week waiting for Wednesday.
That’s the day she thought she would learn the fate of the man who had brutally murdered and dismembered her son, Alex Pirotton Gonzales, on Oahu in 2013.
By 3 o’clock, she still hadn’t heard any news from deputy prosecutor Scott Bell and she became frantic.
Pirotton’s sister had posted to Facebook that the sentencing for Bryan Suitt, 47, had been moved to November and Pirotton started crying.
Pirotton was devastated and had nowhere to turn. She said she was ready to put the murder of her son behind her. She wanted to heal.
Suitt, the man found guilty of the second-degree murder of Gonzales, was originally scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday but Bell’s office told The Garden Island the sentencing was likely continued due in part to Bell being scheduled for another trial this week.
His sentencing was moved to Nov. 9 before First Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn. The mandatory punishment for second-degree murder is life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Bell was not available for comment.
Gonzales, 34, had been missing for several weeks after he was murdered between Aug. 21-25, 2013 and was later found stuffed in several bags along Mililani Memorial Park in Oahu by Honolulu Police.
Pirroton said she wanted to make it to Suitt’s sentencing Wednesday but could not afford the trip.
Instead, she mailed an impact letter to the judge asking her to keep Suitt in prison as long as possible.
“Your honor, please find it in your heart and the lawbook that (Bryan) Suitt never see the outside of the prison walls that hold him in now,” Pirroton wrote.
“I want this man to suffer,” Pirotton said through tears. “I know it’s bad to want your brother to suffer. Eventually he will suffer, if hasn’t already. My son will never see a sunrise.”
In the letter, she said she also made a case for her son.
“I mentioned that my son was a good boy,” she said. “He was an outstanding little toddler. He had a lot of friends. I never had problems with him.”
Gonzales’ body was discovered on Sept. 15, 2013 with 55 distinct wounds — 49 of which were stab wounds and six that were dismemberment wounds.
Pirotton said police told her that Suitt got into an argument with her son and stabbed him to death.
She said Suitt then put him in a freezer until he bought “two suitcases, a handsaw and a case of beer.”
“When you get down to it, it’s really brutal, brutal murder,” Pirotton said. “It’s a massacre.”