Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 for the 2008 murder of her lover, Travis Alexander, was sentenced Monday to natural life in prison after two juries could not reach an unanimous decision on whether to sentence her to death.
Monday’s ruling ended one of the more dramatic and notorious murder trials in recent Arizona history.
After Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens announced the sentence, the victim’s sister, Tanisha Sorenson, shouted, “Burn in hell!”
Stephens had the option of giving Arias natural life or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.
In Arias’ final plea to the judge, she acknowledged what she had done and the pain it had caused.
“I wish there was something I could do to take it back,” she said.
Arias’ mother made a plea for a lighter sentence.
“I know that she is not the monster she is made out to be,” Sandy Arias said.
Source: USA Today | Michael Kiefer, The Arizona Republic