Six years. That's how long the family of Akia Eggleston waited for justice. While the legal battle is over, and the Baltimore man convicted of murdering the young mother and her unborn son will spend the rest of his life in prison, for her loved ones the court victory is bittersweet.
Investigators never found Akia's body, leaving her loved ones in limbo and unable to say goodbye.
I've covered Akia's case since 2017. Sadly, it's one of many stories of young, pregnant women who disappear only to be met with a tragic ending. More often than not, investigators know who's responsible, but it's not what they know. It's what they can prove. Murder cases without a body can be difficult to bring to trial but not impossible.
In July, a jury convicted Robertson of two counts of first-degree murder for killing the pregnant mom in 2017. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Robertson to two consecutive life terms with the possibility of parole. The 42-year-old maintains his innocence and refuses to disclose what he did with the remains of his ex-girlfriend and their unborn son.
Akia's stepfather, Shawn Wilkinson, told me via a text message he's grateful Robertson didn't get away with murder.
"We are thankful that they were able to charge him, try him, and finally convict him!"
Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates also released a statement on the sentence:
“This sentence ensures that Michael Robertson will no longer be a threat to the safety of others and will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the egregious violence he inflicted upon Akia Eggleston and her unborn child. My prayers are with Ms. Eggleston’s family, who had to wait such a long time to see justice done. It was the vigilance of our Homicide Division, ASA Kurt Bjorklund, the Baltimore Police Department, and our partners in law enforcement, including Missing Persons and the FBI, that made this conviction possible. My gratitude is with them for ensuring that this defendant was held accountable.”
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer