"I'm just elated that I lived long enough for the man to be apprehended," he said. "No one should be allowed to commit murder and get away with it."
Prosecutors have contacted the slain man's surviving family, a sister, nieces and nephews. Milledge's relatives have said they don't ask the death penalty for Strachan, but they do want the case to go forward.
"Based on the facts, we feel Murder One is the appropriate charge," said Don Horn, the assistant state attorney in charge.
So the past of Leroy Strachan is about to catch up to his present, the 17-year-old Fats there beside the 61-year-old elevator man, the two of them in a crucible together.
Locked in The Tombs, Strachan ponders the situation, wondering what might be God's divine purposes. Such things are always so hard to figure.
Could it be, he prays, that this will turn out like one of his very favorite Bible stories, Chapter 12 of the book of Acts?
He said: "You know, King Herod had Peter chained and four guards to hold him. Then an angel came down. . . .
"Peter rose up, and the chains fell from his hands, and he walked out into freedom."