SOUTH BEND — Since 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis' death on Nov.4, 2011, the West Washington Street neighborhood where the Sturgis family lived has been on edge.
Terry Sturgis' neighbors closely followed his trial down to the verdict Thursday. Every neighbor WSBT spoke with says the "guilyt on all counts" verdict is a weight lifted from their shoulders.
"Everybody is excited and happy that justice is served for the little boy," said neighbor Takarra Anderson.
"A big sigh of relief ... oh God, what can I say,” said Pam Bryant, who owns the snack shop across from where the Sturgis family used to live.
They followed the trial from day one hoping to learn what actually went on inside the Sturgis home.
"I'm happy that it’s over and that he's guilty,” Bryant said. “I think he's deserved everything he's gotten so far."
As details of the case surfaced day-to-day during the trial, overwhelming emotions traveled across the neighborhood. Neighbors said the graphic details of testimony were appalling.