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Philadelphia woman gets life term for death of twin infants

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 08:22 AM CST
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia mother has been convicted of
third-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the death of her
1-year-old twins.

Prosecutors alleged that 42-year-old Stacey
Newkirk poisoned Adam and Eve in a rage in May 2012 after finding out
that her husband was having an affair.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
( ) reports that prosecutors said at Monday's bench
trial that Newkirk left notes detailing the crimes near the children's
bodies and told police she gave the infants sleeping pills and then
drowned one and smothered the other.

Defense attorneys who said
their client was "extraordinarily remorseful" didn't contest the
evidence but sought a conviction of third-degree rather than
first-degree murder.

Newkirk, who cried quietly after she was sentenced, was acquitted of trying to kill her 4-year-old daughter.Philadelphia woman gets life term for death of twin infants

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