48 Hours: Daddy's Girl
"Why would I even want to harm Tim? I'm not guilty of the crime, I can tell you that," says Nathan.
"I believe in redemption," Brae says. "I really believe that God is gonna get me out of this."
Brae's hoping that she'll get off, but that her brother won't. "He's done enough damage already," she says. "If he were to get out, I would be afraid to walk down the street."
Brae may just get her wish. Nathan's attorney is not sounding terribly optimistic.
"If I did my job right, we'll be doing this again, you know, in six months," Ricardo Garcia says, realizing the best he can hope for is another hung jury. "You know, the facts are the facts in this case. And there are some problems."
As for Brae's own attorney, Troy Britt says, "There were 7 of 12 jurors who looked very stern and didn't look like they wanted to listen to anything I had to say."
It's clear that Brae Hansen has been thinking a lot about a possible guilty verdict, but in a most disturbing way.
"Maybe it's a good thing that you're talking to me now in case things don't go well," telling Tracy Smith, "I've been suicidal since I was 11." Brea says she would kill herself "without a second thought. I would be dead within a few months."
Brae and her lawyer are shocked and concerned when the jurors in her case announce they've reached a verdict not long after they began deliberating.
"The thing that gnaws at my soul is that these jurors were only out for 6 hours. It's a first-degree murder case," Britt says. "I'd like to think that means they bought my argument. But in the end, it might just mean they didn't buy it and that's why they reached a decision so quickly."
It may have been a quick verdict, but Brae and her attorney will have to wait to learn what it is. The judge decides to delay revealing it until her brother's jury has also reached a verdict.
Garcia believes Nathan Gann deserves a second chance. "I'll feel very responsible if he doesn't," he says.
Nathan's jurors take much longer to consider his fate. They deliberate for two-and-a-half days before reaching their verdict: guilty of the crime of murder in the first degree.
Nathan must serve a minimum of 25 years to life in prison.
"The prosecution basically proved that you're the masked intruder," Tracy Smith says to Nathan.
"I was convicted, he says."I don't agree with it."
"Do you think you could have saved yourself by testifying?"
"I think that if I had testified there would have been a non-guilty verdict. Can't talk about that right now… I have to wait till appeal time, you know what I mean?"
For Tim MacNeil's family, the guilty verdict is most welcome news. At a press conference, Rick MacNeil has a brief message for his brother's stepson: "Rot in prison and burn in hell. That's basically it."
The next morning, the judge brings Brae Hansen's jurors together for a reading of their verdict. The jury found Brae guilty of the murder in the first degree.
Brae is treated far harsher by her jury. Besides the murder conviction, she is also found guilty of lying in wait - in effect, ambushing her stepfather. So she could end up spending the rest of her life in prison with no chance of parole.
"I would give anything to have my dad back," Brae sobs. She tells Tracy Smith, "The reality is there's no time machine. I can't change the past. I can't, you know, undo it."
Despite the overwhelming loss of her father, Erin MacNeil Ellison, who was close to Brae, has sympathy for her stepbrother and stepsister.
"I genuinely care about her," Ellison says. She says she feels bad for them, "because of the life they could have had. They didn't have enough love in their heart or enough love in their life to know that something like this decision wouldn't be worth it.
"Seeing her fall apart, I mean, my dad wouldn't want that. I don't want that," she says. "At one point, I wanted to just go over and hug her and just tell her it was gonna be OK."
Compassion is something that Brae Hansen may never fully understand.
When asked if she forgives herself, Brae says, "To a certain extent I do." She also says she thinks "almost everyday" of how none of this would have happened if she had not called Nathan.
"She'll have the rest of her life to decide if it was worth it to her," says Ellison. "And she'll have to live with that."
Brae Hansen's jurors found the trial emotionally grueling, the evidence overwhelming and the guilty verdict the only fair decision they could reach.
"I think there was one piece of evidence that was introduced on the last day that will live with me forever and - I'm sorry," the male juror says as he becomes overwhelmed with emotion. "'It was supposed to be one clean shot to the head... instead of three that missed and one at point blank range.'"
Those shocking words were contained in the letter Brae Hansen had written to her family.
Read the three-page letter Brae wrote to her family from jail
A female juror says, "There was no feeling in there, you know - they didn't care. They just wanted to get it done and over with."
"I've cried over this for days," the male juror says.
The jurors said they wanted to find Brae not guilty.
"I want to believe in the good of everyone and that people aren't capable of these things….let alone a young woman of 17," the male juror says.
But jurors convicted Brae Hansen of murder.
"That's right. She knew the plan. She went along. And she never stopped it. Clearly she was a party to the murder," the male juror says. "Heroes are born from people you'd never expect. Murderers are born from people you'd never expect."
Brae tells Tracy Smith, "I honestly didn't think it was ever gonna happen. You know, I was mad at my dad. We all get mad at our parents."
"But not all of us plan their murder," Tracy Smith says.
To this, Brae has no response.
Produced by Marcie Spencer, Gayane Keshishyan and Ira Sutow
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