Tue. May 28th, 2024

Lori Vallow Daybell was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for the killing of two of her children in what prosecutors argued was a doomsday plot.

The judge had previously granted the defense’s motion to dismiss the death penalty in the case.

Vallow Daybell was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2019 deaths of her children, 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, whose remains were found on an Idaho property belonging to her husband, Chad Daybell, following a monthslong search.

She was also found guilty of conspiring to kill her children and her husband’s first wife, Tamara Daybell, who died on October 19, 2019, less than a month before Lori and Chad married in Hawaii.

Judge Steven Boyce sentenced Lori Vallow Daybell to life in prison without parole.

Boyce mentioned several times that Vallow Daybell “lived a law-abiding life” until this case.

Boyce said Vallow Daybell suffers from mental health issues, adding, “Something radically changed in you that led you to where you are today.”

A mother killing her children is the most “unimaginable type of murder,” he said.

“You had so many other options. … You could have found someone to take care of those kids,” he said. “You killed those children … to remove them as obstacles and to profit financially.”

The judge noted, although Vallow Daybell was convicted, she in court on Monday denied committing the murders.

The judge said he doesn’t think she’s shown any remorse for the crimes or for those who searched for her children while they were missing.

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By Buffy Gunner

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