Family incites Rivera appeal

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Convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera has opted to continue an appeal of his death sentence.

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Mr. Rivera, who repeatedly vowed that he wanted to be punished with death for raping and murdering 21-year-old Marni Glista, asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider his appeal.

On Monday, Mr. Rivera's attorney Peter Johnson said Mr. Rivera recently saw his children for the first time since he was sent to death row in 2004.

"He wants to live for them," Mr. Johnson said of Mr. Rivera.

He will file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to consider an appeal on Mr. Rivera's behalf.

Late last month, the state's highest court affirmed Mr. Rivera's conviction and death sentence. A Richmond County Superior Court jury unanimously voted for death in January 2004.

Mr. Rivera was convicted of attacking Army Sgt. Glista in her Augusta home in September 2000. An officer sent to find out why Sgt. Glista hadn't reported for duty after the Labor Day weekend found her barely alive. She died several days later after doctors declared her brain dead and disconnected life support.

Mr. Rivera, 43, confessed to Sgt. Glista's murder, the slayings of three other young women on both sides of the Savannah River, and the attempted murder of an Augusta teenager on Oct. 10, 2000.

Mr. Rivera's confessions led investigators to discover the remains of two victims - 17-year-old Melissa Dingess in Aiken County and 17-year-old Tabitha Bosdell in Columbia County.

Melissa died July 17, 1999. Mr. Rivera told investigators that he next killed Tiffaney S. Wilson in Aiken County in December 1999 and Tabitha in June 2000.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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Nothing else to say 07/10/07 - 09:12 am
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What about Tiffany???? She

What about Tiffany???? She wanted to live for her child also. It was no accident when he killed her.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 07/10/07 - 09:58 am
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How nice....he wants to live

How nice....he wants to live for his children. Sure wasn't thinking about them when he was raping and killing women. The best example he could ever be for anyone is a DEAD example.

rjay
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rjay 07/10/07 - 11:35 am
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Why, is this SICK S.O.B,

Why, is this SICK S.O.B, stillalive. He took them to recover two bodies so he had to have killed them and now he wants to live.Hell I'll give him the shoot

rjay
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rjay 07/10/07 - 11:39 am
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It is an outrage for somebody

It is an outrage for somebody to kill and say he killed to still be alive 7 after he was proven guilty and said he wants to die . Grant his first wish i put him to death in front of his kids

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curly123053 07/10/07 - 12:14 pm
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I feel sorry for his wife and

I feel sorry for his wife and children as they were victims too. But, Rivera is the one who inflicted this hurt on his own family as well as his victims. It is time for him to pay the price. My heart and prayers go out to his kids.

taha
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taha 07/10/07 - 12:59 pm
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NOW he wants to live for his

NOW he wants to live for his children? Why didn't he think about his children when he was killing those women? I'm sure THEY wanted to live for their children too, but they didn't get that option...he took that away from them...too late now!

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3M3T1B 07/10/07 - 01:12 pm
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Dear Children of Rivera,

Dear Children of Rivera, Your father is a monster who needs to die. Please don't encourage him to want to live. Signed - The People

getalife
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getalife 07/10/07 - 05:29 pm
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They need to go ahead and fry

They need to go ahead and fry his [filtered word]. He gave no consideration to the lives of the young women he killed, he showed no mercy. He is wasting tax payer's money, taking up good space and air on this earth!!

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BeenThereDoneThat 07/11/07 - 11:17 am
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Hopefully the the Supreme

Hopefully the the Supreme Court will see past his appeal and see him for the sick, sick monster he is. He actually got off on they way he tortured and killed the girls, not to mention the ones we haven't even prosecuted him for. As long as there is a breath in his body he will spew evil and the children should not even be exposed to him. Don't know why the mom would even allow it. They should have pictures and memories prior to him being caught and pretend he is already dead to them. He is a master minipulator and it has been reported that he sexually harasses the female guards in lockup.
Rivera, you should know the families will rally against you any time, any place. The sooner you are gone the sooner we can all rest in peace and you can rest in HELL!
Signed,
Advocate for justice and the Wilson family

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t of i 07/11/07 - 05:22 pm
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Look at all the money he will

Look at all the money he will be costing the taxpayers because he has changed his mind. Punishment needs to swift and just, something our current system does not allow. His wishes should have been granted long ago.

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TommyBoy 07/12/07 - 05:51 pm
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Rivera can rot in hell!

Rivera can rot in hell!

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Belchick 08/08/07 - 11:51 am
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If you only new of the people

If you only new of the people that have been affected by him. I know of four girls right now I guess work lucky. I was one. And for the girls family that he did get I am still so sorry. TO the children they couldn't have known what there father was doing, and I am sorry that you have to go through this. But just remember there could have been more so they should go ahead and kill the man.

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