Nanny to be sentenced in killing of two children

Nanny to be sentenced in killing of two children

Nanny to be sentenced in killing of two children

The Upper West Side nanny found guilty of killing two children in 2012 was sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole on Tuesday.

Yoselyn Ortega is facing life in prison for the 2012 murders of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim.

"I'm very sorry for everything that happened", Ortega said, "But I hope that no one goes through what I've gone through".

"My life is in the hands of God", she said. When Ortega didn't arrive on time Krim grew concerned and returned to her home to check on the children.

The motive, prosecutors said, was Ortega's overwhelming financial problems after bringing her 17-year-old son from the Dominican Republic and her resentment toward Marina Krim, married to then-CNBC executive Kevin Krim, for being the mother "she could never be".

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.

A NY jury found her guilty last month on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

The two-month trial at state Supreme Court in Manhattan featured testimony by the children's mother, Marina Krim.

Kevin Krim said the crime caused an "obliterating darkness" to descend on his family, robbing them of "the brightest and warmest of lights. I ask for a great deal of forgiveness", she said in a shaky voice.

Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to the maximum sentence for each of the two counts of first-degree murder, as well as sentenced to 25 years to life to be served consecutively for each of the second-degree murder charges.

The judge agreed with the defense arguments and sentenced to a life imprisonment without PAROLE.

Marina and Kevin Krim left the courtroom before the sentence was read. He said she never should have put the family, the jurors or the audience through it.

Prosecutors say Ortega knew what she was doing and understood "each stab, each slash" as she slaughtered the youngsters.

"The other day I found myself on the corner of 76th [Street] and Columbus [Avenue], and I just stopped", he said, tears filling his eyes as he described looking into the lobby of the building where the murders took place.

Ortega had worked for the Krims for some two years before she killed their babies.

"You will know a diseased mind when you see it", Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, Ms. Ortega's lawyer, told jurors at the start of the trial. The two children had been stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife, reports The New York Times.

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