"There's only a few things that keep you sane," he told Susan Spencer. "You know, out doing yard work with the family brings a little bit of normalcy to life."
"The thought of Doug being taken away and having to go to jail for something that he didn't do is crippling. I don't wish that upon anybody," Hilary said choking up.
Faced with months of evidence, jury deliberations drag on for three agonizing weeks.
"It's tough from 9 to 4 while the jury is deliberating. Pins and needles, you know…," said Doug.
And then, finally, a verdict:
"We the jury do find the defendant Douglas D. Grant as to Count One, first-degree murder, unable to agree. On the lesser included offense of second-degree murder, unable to agree. On the lesser included offense of manslaughter, guilty."
Guilty, but only of manslaughter - the least serious charge Doug faced.
"It's a hollow victory for the state and for Faylene's family. It's a crushing blow for Doug and the defense.
"Probably the most devastating result in any case I've ever tried," said Doug's attorney, Mel McDonald, told Spencer.
Jurors said though they thought Doug did "something;" they just couldn't agree that it was murder. So they compromised… despite their strong feelings about the man on trial.
"Nothing was proven, but it was just a gut feeling," said a male juror.
"Manslaughter was a fallback," said a female juror.
"We thought he was a… pretty much a scuzzbag," said the male juror.
Doug's supporters aren't giving up. Manslaughter means he could face up to 12-and-a-half years in prison, but he could get no time at all - just probation.
"How have you managed to hold it together all this time Hilary?" Spencer asked. "It's easy when you know he's innocent," she said.
"There's a community that will suffer a great loss if he is in for very long at all, because he is a good man," Doug's sister, Tammy Fuentes, said.
It may have been too risky to put Doug Grant on the stand before the verdict, but as the court considered sentencing a few days later, his lawyer bets that an emotional plea from his client now just might work.
Doug is on the edge. After his first weekend behind bars, he's on suicide watch.
His lawyer, Mel McDonald said, "He looked like Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining.'"
"I was yelling, 'Faylene, Faylene," Doug cried on the stand, in tears.
"He did cry," Spencer noted. "Well, it looked like he attempted to cry!" said Martinez. "Does he turn the tears on and off?" she asked. "It appears that he does, doesn't it?" Martinez responded.
Faylene's family took the stand to argue for the longest sentence possible.
"All that I have left is memories because he took her from me!" said her sister, Jodi Stratton.
The usually stoic Hilary pleaded with the judge not to take Doug from her.
"If Doug received probation, he would still be allowed to pay a debt to society and continue to provide for us as his family," she said.
Doug and Faylene's own sons, Marley, 12, and Braven, 11, tell the judge losing one parent is enough.
"I am here because I know my dad is innocent," Marley said. "I want my dad back home."
"I miss my mom, but taking my dad away isn't going to bring her back," added Braven.
The appeals seem to hit home.
"The suggested sentence of the court is that the defendant be in prison for the presumptive term of 5 years," the judge said.
Five years with good behavior, Doug Grant will be out in three. The Prosecutor Martinez puts on a brave face. "Justice, I believe, was served," he said. "It took a while, but we finally got there."
Hilary is loyal to the end, saying it's just what her dear friend, Faylene, would have wanted. "They're always going to mourn the death of their mother, always. This is what she would want. I mean…that's just how I feel."
Jenna has trouble accepting the verdict, let alone the sentence. "A man took away someone else's life and he's gonna be in prison half a decade? You're telling me that's justice?"
But she vows not to let the past destroy her future.
"I'm gonna be OK," she said. "I've been OK the past seven or eight years."
And she takes comfort in Faylene's journals - "This will be such a blessing as I go into the next world…" her mother wrote - in those haunting reflections not just about dying, but also about living life with zest every day, which is how she wants to remember her mother.
"Love means never having to say goodbye. I will be with you always. I love you. Faylene."
Jenna is suing Doug Grant for the wrongful death of her mother.
Faylene and Doug's two sons live with Hilary Grant, who is their legal guardian.
Produced by Joshua Yager