TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former military linguist and army officer's wife convicted of murdering her two teenage children told a judge she knows what she has done and apologized.
Jurors on Thursday found 53-year-old Julie Schenecker guilty of killing both her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter in Tampa in 2011. They rejected her insanity plea.
Before a judge sentenced her, Schenecker said, she takes responsibility. She says: “I know I shot my son and daughter. I don't know why. But I have time to try to understand that.''
A judge then sentenced her to life in prison. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
If she had been acquitted by reason of insanity, she would be committed to a mental hospital until doctors and a judge agree that she is no longer a danger to herself or others.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida army officer's wife has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of her teenagers, with jurors rejecting her insanity plea.
Jurors on Thursday found 53-year-old Julie Schenecker guilty of killing both her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter in Tampa in 2011.
After daylong closing arguments Thursday, jurors started talking at about 4:45 p.m. and at about 6:30 it was announced they had a verdict.
Prosecutors say she was sane when she killed her children.
The defense argued she suffered from years of mental illness and was legally insane during the time of the killings.
Schenecker wiped her nose and eyes, then the bailiffs handcuffed her. She started to cry.
Sentencing was expected to soon follow and she faces a mandatory life sentence.
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