Behind bars forever. Jodi Arias was given a life sentence in prison on Monday, April 13, with no possibility of parole, after she was found guilty in May 2013, of the first-degree murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander back in 2008.
The decision over Arias' fate took several years after juries on two possible occasions were unable to rule whether Arias deserved the death penalty.
On Monday, Maricopa County Superior Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that Arias, 34, would serve life in prison without parole. Judge Stephens had the option of sentencing Arias to life in prison with a possible release after 25 years of time served.
In June 2008, her lover Alexander was found dead in his Mesa, Ariz. home, after being shot and stabbed dozens of times, along with his throat slashed.
His sister Hillary Wilcox broke down into tears testifying on Monday morning. "It hurts too much to remember him alive because if I remember him, I remember too much about how he was brutally taken from us and I can't handle it," Wilcox noted (via ABC News). "This is what I've had to do so I can cope."
In her final plea for possible parole, Arias expressed disgust with herself for her actions.
"It's my firm belief that death would bring me untold peace and freedom,"Arias said in Maricopa County Court. "If I die today, I would be free and I would be at peace. I realize how selfish it would be if I escaped… 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 wish there was some way I could take it back."
The story was so shocking that Lifetime optioned a movie called Dirty Little Secret to detail the gruesome murder. Arias claimed that her actions were done in self-defense, but the prosecution argued that the murder was premeditated.
Her sentence begins today.
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