SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: The standoff lasted 18 hours, but tonight a 13-year-old Colorado boy who was taken hostage is in fact free and his captor is dead. It all started Monday evening with a domestic dispute, and 34-year-old Don Pooley, a convicted criminal, got into an argument with his girlfriend and he fled to the boy’s nearby home. The victim’s mother, older brother escaped, but Pooley held the boy captive while police were negotiating for his life. At one point during the night Pooley actually called a local reporter. Listen to a bit of this chilling conversation with that reporter.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Regardless when I get caught, I’m going to prison forever and won’t ever see daylight again. I don’t want to live there. And that being what it is, death seems very beautiful to me.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is there any way you could just let him go?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely not. He’s the only avenue that I have for them to even consider or entertain the idea of backing away. I want to run away. I don’t want to be here. I feel horrible for this little boy right now. He hasn’t stopped shaking. He’s whimpering. He won’t answer me verbatim. I don’t know what else to say.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What about the little boy, though?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He goes, too, if they come to the door. I’m sorry to the community. I’m sorry to anyone who has a heart string attached to this situation or scenario. I know it sucks. I know it’s a drag.
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HANNITY: Here to talk for the first time on national TV about what happened next and how the tragic situation in fact came to an end is that reporter herself, FOX 31’s Julie Hayden. Julie, thank you for being with us. Walk us through this call. Tell us what happened.