55-year-old nanny Yoselyn Ortega was found guilty of the murder of two children on April 18 as an insanity plea was ruled out by a jury. On Monday May 14, Ortega appeared in court for her sentencing.
Ortega was facing life in prison without parole. That’s what she got:
Kevin Krim, the father of the children Ortega murdered, 6-year-old Lucia “Lulu” Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim, gave an emotional impact statement, criticizing Ortega’s family for lying about her background so she could get a job.
Lulu and Leo’s mother Marina Krim came home that day in 2012 and found her daughter and son dead in their bathtub. The girl was stabbed more than 30 times and the boy was stabbed five times.
Ortega could be seen stabbing herself in the neck as she stood over the tub. The mother would testify that she let out a scream she didn’t even imagine she could make.
“It was a scream you can’t imagine is even inside of you. I don’t even know where it came from. I just thought: ‘I’m never going to be able to talk to them ever again. They are dead. I just saw my kids dead,’” she said.
Karen Rosenbaum, a psychiatrist brought forward by the defense, testified that Ortega said devil “voices told her to kill people, kill herself and eventually she told me they told her to kill the children.”
The jury thought otherwise.
[Image via CBS New York screengrab]
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