But Kristin, a social worker who happens to specialize in childhood trauma, had no idea -- until now -- the true nature of Adam's abusive relationship with her daughter. Also in attendance were Kathy Hagenian, executive policy director with the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Rick and Martha Omilian whose daughter, Maggie, was murdered by her former boyfriend in 1999 while she was a sophomore at Kalamazoo College. Lightvoet at Shigwadja's bench trial in August drew a criticism from Putney-Wilcox, as well as Lubwama after Lightvoet determined that while evidence showed Shigwadja broke into Putney-Wilcox's Kalamazoo home, cut her across the chest with a knife and set her bedroom on fire, he did not intend to kill her. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I had my mom, who I was lying to and I had him. The controversy means all eyes are again on Sophia at Adam's sentencing hearing, where she speaks directly to her former sweetheart about the pain he's caused her. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: At that point everyone thought that it was over. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: The judge made it seem like we both had equal parts in what had happened and so to me, that put all the blame right back on myself.
But somebody keyed my mom's car. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I started talking to a mutual friend of ours and I was asking her how he was doing. And in the mayhem, Kiely chases Adam away, and the banged-up ex-boyfriend makes a dramatic escape out the window. Why don't you just leave? Sophia Putney-Wilcox: My brother … he saved my life. She ended the association straight away, and Shigwadja has been inflicting trouble on top of her life ever since. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: Me and her kept in contact.
Just painful to look at. Susan Thomas: So we decided to move Adam out to his grandparents house which was a little over 30 miles away … to finish out school and to be away from her. Kristin Putney: When they took the bandages off Sophia's head, they had shaved a big section. Getting thanked Sophia Putney-Wilcox today for her bravery in standing up to her attacker. But critics are upset that the judge found that Shigwadja lacked requisite intent for attempted murder.
Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I remember waking up and … it was shocking. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: And then came over to me and started dragging both of us towards the flames. Jeff Williams: Adam was charged with home invasion, with the attempt to commit assault and Adam was also charged with felonious assault because he attacked Sophia with a weapon and in this case the weapon was a knife. Kristin Putney: It just went through me. Susan Thomas: I don't believe that he is capable of hurting her. I thought I could save him.
Sophia tells us when she talked to Newschannel3 last year from her hospital bed, sharing her story with the public gave her a voice. When questioned later, she said the uproar over her verdict had no influence on her ruling. At a particular point during the uproar, the bat hit Putney-Wilcox and pieced her skin open. Does she think that he'll come after her once he gets out? Sophia's bedroom after the fire Kalamazoo Public Safety Department Kristin Putney: I just took all my might and I pushed through and as soon as I did, it was just like an explosion of flames. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I didn't even see my brother come through. So she was protected at the hospital to make sure that nothing more could happen to her.
That led Lightvoet to find Shigwadja guilty of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder in place of assault with intent to commit murder, which carries a stiffer penalty. You're not gonna do all these things because there could be guys there. He very likely saved her life. Kristin Putney: It had been over a year. The confusion of love with abuse is what allows abusers to kill.
Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I was 14 years old and he had just turned 16. You're not going to go to college. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: When I went back to school I couldn't have anyone behind me because I was scared. I knew that if I walked out with my knife-wielding ex in the middle of winter in the middle of the night, that I wouldn't come back. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I was shocked.
Putney-Wilcox was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital with a head injury. I still can't make sense of that. But Adam pressed his body against the door to keep it closed. They have relationship for seventeen months before Putney-Wilcox realized Shigwadja was double crossing on her. It features the survival story of Sophia Putney-Wilcox, who was brutally attacked by her ex in her own home, and lived to tell the tale. Moorian: He couldn't understand why after four days she wouldn't communicate with him, and that's what set everything in motion for him. Shigwadja broke down in court today, telling Sophia he was sorry.
He was arrested and charged with attempted murder, arson, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and violation of conditional bond. Sophia Putney-Wilcox a high school student was the prey of a horrible assault by her former boyfriend. Kiely Putney-Wilcox Sophia's brother: Sometimes at night, I'd just be up playing Xbox. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I've seen him get mad, I've seen him do horrible things to me before, but that night, there was just something different. Sophia Putney-Wilcox: My friends knew something was wrong … but I never told anyone about the abuse. Her brother overhears the uproar and entered her space with a baseball bat and made used of the bat to brawl off Shigwadja.