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Father who lost three sons speaks out about latest Herbert Lee arrest

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- He lost three sons to one of the worst tragedies in recent years in Metro Louisville.  Now Marc Hampton is speaking out about the arrest of Herbert Lee.  Hampton was out of town on his honeymoon when Metro Police say they caught Lee in another stolen car.

The initial crime shocked a community and devastated at least two families.

"And disappointment because I thought he was on the right path and I was hoping he would stay on it if he was on it," says Marc Hampton, whose sons were killed in a crash.

In December of 2008, Herbert Lee was driving a stolen car, running from police when he crashed.  Four teenagers were killed in the crash.  Since then he has written letters and even met with the victims' families.  He even promised to turn his life around.

"We had no idea until we saw him in the car who it was until we got him out," says Lt. Johann Steimle, with LMPD's violent crimes task force.

But Thursday, police arrested Lee, saying he was behind the wheel of a stolen red Chevy Camaro. WDRB was the only station there when he was taken into custody.

And on Tuesday he was back in court to face the same judge who sentenced him. Surprisingly, Marc Hampton doesn't have an opinion about what should happen next.

Hampton says,"I'll leave that to the justice system.  It's not my place to you know...we all want to see justice served but it's not my place to put it out there like I want to get back at him."

"So it wasn't easy just to pick up the phone to let him know about that," says Christopher 2X, with fight crimes against children.

2X with fight crimes against children made the tough call to Hampton on his honeymoon last week. He says the reaction from both families is just as shocking as Lee's arrest.

"They have something in them that is so spiritually driven to have this level of forgiveness at some level but still staunch advocates for their boys and everything their lives entailed," says 2X.

In fact, the level of forgiveness is so strong that Hampton has decided to leave this memento from Lee at the sight of the new memorial.

"That teddy bear that he put up there...at the time he was trying maybe he will look at that teddy bear sometimes and realize he needs to continue trying instead of going back to his ways," says Hampton.

On Thursday, Hampton will help unveil a marker in honor of his sons and other young victims of local tragedies.

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