Jodi Arias will serve life in prison without possible parole, Judge Sherry Stephens ruled Monday. She was sentenced in relation to the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Her crime was aggravated by the manner she killed Alexander: stabbing him 30 times, slitting his throat, leaving him in the shower to rot before going away to be with a new romantic prospect.
Jodi Arias Rambles In Court
Before being read her sentencing, Arias was given the opportunity to speak in court.
“It’s my firm belief that death would bring me untold peace and freedom — that’s my personal belief. If I die today, I would be free and I would be at peace. For years, that’s exactly what I wanted. But I have to fight for my life just like I did on June 4, 2008, because I realize how selfish it would be for me to escape accountability for this mess that I created,” she said directly addressing Judge Stephens.
“I have two brothers two sisters, several nieces and nephews, a mom, a dad, eight aunts, nine uncles, over 20 cousins that I’ve grown up with, as well as countless friends, all of whom would suffer greatly if I took my own life or if I advocated for the death penalty and got it,” Arias went on as quoted by ABC News.
She then recalled the very moment she killed Alexander.
“I do remember the moment that the knife went into Travis’ throat and he was conscious. He was still trying to attack me. It was I who was trying to get away, not Travis, and I finally did. I never wanted it to be that way, judge,” Arias said.
“The gunshot did not come last, it came first and that was when Travis lunged at me, just as I testified to, and just as the state’s own detective testified to years ago before he and [prosecutor] Juan [Martinez] got together and decided to change their story for trial,” she went on before apologizing.
“The most important thing I want to say is I am very sorry for the enormous pain that I’ve caused the people who loved Travis. I never thought I would cause so many people so much pain. I live every day wishing that I could undo what I did to Travis and wishing that I could take away their pain and just put it onto myself.”
She admitted feeling disgusted about herself.
“To this day, I cannot believe I was capable of doing something that terrible. I’m truly disgusted and I’m repulsed with myself. I’m horrified with what I did and I wish there was some way I could take it back.”
“Burn in Hell”
After being read her sentence, Arias left the courtroom. Alexander’s sister shouted at her.
“Burn in hell,” Tanisha Sorenson said, according to The Associated Press.
Another sister of Alexander, Samantha, emotionally imagined how her brother’s soul might have screamed for help as he lay decomposing in the shower for five days.
Alexander’s family met the sentencing with tears but with smiles in their faces, AP reported.
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