Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Punishment fitting the crime

Plea on two counts of capital murder, sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

May he babies rest in peace now.

Mother, 24, to get life for killing sons

She accepts offer from the DA, who cites woman's 'mental status' in taking death penalty off table.
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News
A San Antonio mother who told police she fatally stabbed her two young sons as part of a failed murder-suicide attempt after a night with friends smoking crack cocaine agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of her life in prison.

A lengthy jury-selection process had been set to begin next week for the death penalty trial of Elyse Colon, 24, who in February 2010 called 911 and casually told a responding officer, “I just killed my babies.”

She quietly entered guilty pleas before state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner for two counts of capital murder of a child younger than 6. With prosecutors dropping the death penalty request as part of the plea deal, the only other sentencing option was life in prison without parole.