Crying, Ellie says she's both angry and hurt. "There's a lot of mixed emotion because here I'm in prison, and you have to be tough," she says. "Part of me doesn't feel so tough anymore. I'm angry that the judicial system didn't do something to protect my children."
Even though she says she wants to fall apart, Ellie tries to be strong for her children and give them time to grieve and heal. "I watch my son and he's having a real hard time," she says. "He won't cry. He's 13, and I'm really proud of him. He's been really brave in the beginning. I took a [gun] out of his hand a year and a half ago. He wanted to kill himself. He didn't want anyone to know what happened. Now, the whole world knows, and Willy's brave enough to stand up."
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