James Moriarty is a Houston lawyer, but it was in the gallery of a Jordanian military courtroom where he waited to hear the fate of his son’s killer this week.
Jordanian soldier M’aarek Abu Tayeh was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the killings of three U.S. special forces soldiers.
Staff Sgt. James “Jimmy” Moriarty, 27; Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27; and Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, were shot to death while returning to the Jordanian base where they were stationed in November of 2016.
The men were in the area to assist in training.
“I’ve never imagined, or fantasized, or dreamed or even had a nightmare of attending the trial for the murderer of my son,” the senior Moriarty said.