The University of Alabama in Huntsville biology professor who shot and killed three colleagues during a staff meeting in 2010 apologized for the first time ever, according to court documents.
A handwritten note penned by convicted killer and Harvard-educated biologist Amy Bishop, was acquired by The Huntsville Times on Monday, revealing Bishop feels bad about the murders and wrote a one-sentence apology in the opening of a 50-page appeal.
“I am terribly sorry for the victims and their families and my family,” Bishop scrawled, according to The Huntsville Times.
The former neurobiology professor — who was described by an anonymous family member as “a far-left political extremist who was ‘obsessed’ with President Obama to the point of being off-putting,” in the Boston Globe — is spending life in prison with no chance of parole. She was found guilty in 2012 of murdering three colleagues and injuring there additional academics after opening fire on them during a routine 2010 faculty meeting.
Police investigator Charlie Gray told the Associated Press during the 2012 ruling that rage was the motivation behind the murders. Gray contended Bishop gunned down her colleagues after getting denied tenure. (RELATED: Obama-Obsessed Ex-Professor Gets Life In Prison For Gun Rampage)
According to NBC News, the handwritten apology was followed by Bishop complaining in the appeal that her court-appointed lawyer Cecilia Pope was incompetent because she missed a file deadline.
“Do I think she’s truly sorry? I think she truly wants to get out of prison” microbiology professor and survivor of the attack Joseph Leahy told WAFF 48. “That’s what I think.”
Leahy was shot in the head during the attack but survived, sustaining serious brain injuries and losing sight in one eye, WAFF 48 reported.
“It won’t bring me back my eye sight, it won’t bring me back the ability to drive again and everybody who does evil in this world has to pay the price in this world and the next,” Leahy said in response to the apology.