As Dorothy Clark stood beside her maimed son she shook her head as she described how the judicial system failed her family.
"His whole youthful life has been taken away because of this," she said. "This was not fair. This was not justice."
Corey Clark, now 38, was brutally stabbed outside his Buchanan Street apartment in 1993. The oldest of three siblings, Corey was in a coma for 15 months, his mother said.
Unable to walk or speak in full sentences, he now lays in a nursing home bed with his hands and toes curled up. He is fed through a tube attached to his stomach.
"It sorrows my heart that that man got away," said his aunt, Barbara Richardson.
On Tuesday, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone dismissed charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and felonious assault against Donald Major, the man accused of stabbing Corey.
Major, 50, of Detroit, had been held at the Erie County jail since November 2007 when he turned himself in on the warrants. He claimed he was unaware of the warrants until he was pulled over in a routine traffic stop earlier that year.
Tone said prosecutors did not pursue having Major arrested on the charges from 1997 to 2006, calling that period an "extraordinary delay."
"My son does not deserve this," Dorothy said. "Erie County did not do their work. It's like this never even happened. That's how the court's looking at it."
Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter was untruthful, leading the family to believe the case was being actively pursued when it wasn't, Dorothy said.
Baxter denies that allegation.
"They never talked to me until (Major) was apprehended," he said.
According to Tone's ruling, there were no active warrants on file in Erie County for Major when he was released from federal prison in 1997.
"I sympathize with the Clark family," Baxter said. "I can understand them being upset at the system. I'm mad at the system."
Baxter stood by previous statements that Tone's ruling was unjust.
"I think this decision is very wrong," he said.
Dorothy said she will do anything possible to see justice.
"I hope each one of them has a conscience," she said. "It's time to roll up my sleeves and box because they're not doing it."
Corey has two teenage children, Michael, 16, and Kedeshia, 14. But he can't take care of himself -- let alone them.
After the attack Corey underwent 28 surgeries with 3,000 stitches crisscrossing his skin. He has brain damage resulting from being stabbed in the neck, Richardson said.
Before that he enjoyed playing basketball and was a loving father and son, his mother said.
"The Lord has the last say so in this," she said.