The Manhattan nanny who butchered two children in 2012 was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole plus 50 years, capping a harrowing story that has gripped the city for almost six years.
Yoselyn Ortega, 55, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her brother, 2-year-old Leo Krim, in October 2012.
"I'm very sorry for everything that happened", Ortega said, "But I hope that no one goes through what I've gone through". "In this world there are many people who wish me evil", -said in his speech, the defendant.
Ortega had pleaded not guilty on the grounds on the grounds of mental illness, but NY courts have a high bar for proving insanity, with jurors deciding she was aware of what she was doing. "They are dead. I just saw my kids dead, '" she said.
On Monday, mother Marina Krim, who found her children mortally wounded in their bathtub, told a judge that Ortega tried to destroy the Krim family but failed and instead had destroyed her own family.
Kevin Krim said his family introduced "Lulu and Leo's law", which will make it a crime to falsify job applications and references for someone working in childcare, to NY state legislature in "direct response" to the case.
"First I see Lulu and I instantly know she's dead", Krim testified at Ortega's trial.
"I ask for a great deal of forgiveness - to God, to Marina, to Kevin", she said, wearing an oatmeal top and her dark hair scraped back into a ponytail.
"We miss hearing them call out my name and run to hug me when I got home from work", Kevin Krim said while crying.
Ortega said she wasn't feeling well but wasn't able to go to the doctor. In her opinion, the killer not only reached their goal, but in the end, ruined the lives of his family forever and he cursed himself.
The conviction, which carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole, sealed her fate of never seeing the light of day as a free woman.
Marina and Kevin Krim left the courtroom before the sentence was read.
On the day of the murders, Krim was on a plane returning from a business trip to the West Coast while Marina was out with Nessie, the couple's second child, who was then 3 years old. The girl was stabbed more than 30 times and the boy was stabbed five times.
During the seven-week trial, jurors grappled with whether Ortega had been too mentally ill to understand what she was doing when she killed the children.
Ortega had worked for the Krims for some two years before she killed their babies.
At Ortega's trial, Kevin Krim testified that when his plane landed in NY that night in October 2012, he was met by police, who escorted him to the hospital where the bodies of his dead children had been brought, along with his wife and surviving child.
The couple started the Lulu and Leo Fund, which aims to support innovative art programs for children.
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