Massachusetts woman gets sentenced to life in prison for “ritualistic” killings of her two young sons

Brockton mom Latarsha Sanders sentenced to life in prison for murdering 2 sons

Brockton mom Latarsha Sanders sentenced to life in prison for murdering 2 sons


A Massachusetts woman convicted of fatally stabbing her two young sons in what authorities known as a “ritualistic” killing was sentenced Wednesday to a compulsory time period of life in prison with out the chance of parole.

The sentencing of Latarsha L. Sanders, 48, in Plymouth Superior Court got here a day after she was convicted by a jury of two counts of first-degree homicide in the February 2018 deaths of 8-year-old Edson Brito and 5-year-old La’son Brito. The jurors deliberated for about 4 hours, CBS Boston reported.

“Hopefully this is some form of justice for the dad of the little boys and the family,” Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz stated after the listening to.

The protection had argued that Sanders was not mentally competent on the time of the killings.

“The family has been totally and completely supportive of Miss Sanders because they have recognized from day one that she was insane at the time that she killed her two children,” protection legal professional Elliot Levine stated in court docket.

Police responding to a 911 name on the household’s Brockton residence on Feb. 5, 2018 discovered Sanders outdoors, distraught and combative, prosecutors stated.

The boys had been discovered in the household’s third-floor condominium wrapped in bedding. They had every been stabbed a number of instances with a kitchen knife that was later discovered in the sink. They had been pronounced lifeless on the scene.

“Sanders cleaned up the children, placed them in beds, and mopped up the crime scene,” prosecutors stated in a information launch. “Sanders never sought medical attention for the boys.”

Sanders instructed investigators that the killings had to do with “Voodoo stuff,” in accordance to a police report. Prosecutors later they stated Sanders might have been motivated by money and deliberate to arrange a web-based fundraiser for her household.

The father of the boys is in favor of the sentence, in accordance to prosecutors

“The pain of the father, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandmother that pain falls on their hearts and that’s a life sentence for them,” stated Judge Hon. William Sullivan. 

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