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Lori Vallow Daybell Receives Life Without Parole For Killing Her Two Children

Lori Vallow Daybell receives life without parole for killing her two children earlier this year and subsequently receives multiple life sentences on Monday. The tragic events unfolded in September 2019 when her son, JJ Vallow, aged 7, and her daughter, Tylee Ryan, who was nearly 17 at the time, mysteriously disappeared.

Cecilia Jones
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Lori Vallow Daybell receives life without parole for killing her two childrenearlier this year and subsequently receives multiple life sentences on Monday. The tragic events unfolded in September 2019 when her son, JJ Vallow, aged 7, and her daughter, Tylee Ryan, who was nearly 17 at the time, mysteriously disappeared. Authorities later discovered their lifeless bodies on the Idaho property owned by Vallow's husband, Chad Daybell.
During the weeks-long trial that spanned from April to mid-May, she was found guilty of multiple charges. These charges included conspiracy in the murders of her two stepchildren, JJ and Tylee, as well as the murder of her husband Chad's first wife, Tammy Daybell. Additionally, she was convicted of grand theft for unlawfully obtaining Social Security payments meant for the children.
As a result of the verdict, she received life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of JJ, Tylee, and Tammy Daybell. Notably, three of these life sentences were ordered to be served consecutively. Furthermore, she was sentenced to 10 years for the grand theft conviction. Additionally, the court imposed fines, civil penalties, and restitution totaling over $60,000.
You had so many other options. You could have gotten divorced; you could have found someone else to take care of those kids. And as the state was able to prove at trial, you chose the most evil and destructive path possible. You justified all of this by going down a bizarre religious rabbit hole, and clearly you are still down there.- Judge Steven Boyce
During the trial, witnesses presented accounts indicating that Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell held unconventional religious beliefs. Testimonies revealed that Vallow Daybell had spoken about exorcising demons and firmly believed that some individuals were inhabited by malevolent spirits, which she referred to as "zombies." In Monday's hearing, Vallow Daybell, who chose not to testify in her defense, opted to provide a statement.
"Jesus Christ knows the truth of what happened here. Jesus Christ knows that no one was murdered in this case," she said.
During the proceedings, Vallow Daybell made a claim that she had communicated with the spirits of her deceased children and her "eternal friend," Tammy Daybell.
I've had many communications with Jesus Christ, the savior of this world, and our heavenly parents. I've had many angelic visitors, who came and communicated to me, have even manifested to me. Because of these communications, I know for a fact that my children are happy and busy in the spirit world. Because of my communications with my friend Tammy Daybell, I know that she is also very happy and extremely busy.- Lori Vallow Daybell

Lori Vallow Daybell receives life in prison without parole for murder of her 2 kids

Prosecutor Rob Wood urged the court to impose a life without parole sentence on Vallow Daybell, aged 50, arguing that society must be safeguarded from a defendant willing to harm her own children. On the other hand, defense attorney John Thomas requested a fixed term of 20 years and an indeterminate life term for all five counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Steven Boyce permitted immediate family members of the victims to deliver victim impact statements. Those who provided statements included Daybell's son, Colby Ryan, who submitted his statement to be read into the record.
Samantha Gwilliam, Tammy Daybell's sister, also read a statement from her father, Ronald Douglas, representing himself, her late mother, Phyllis, who passed away earlier in the year, and Samantha Gwilliam herself, who had testified during the trial. Additionally, Tammy Daybell's aunt, Vicki Hoban, and JJ Vallow's grandmother, Kay Woodcock, also presented their impact statements.
"She had been murdered by those who saw her as an obstacle to a plan - you planned her murder just as much as you planned the murders of your own children and your previous husband. Why? Why plan something so heinous?" she said in her own statement, her voice full of emotion.
"Because of the choices you made, my family lost a beloved mother, sister, aunt and daughter. She is irreplaceable; she is 1,000 times the woman you will ever dream of being. Because of you and your desire to get what you want at any cost, my family has been ripped apart," she said.
During the victim impact statements, Hoban expressed her deep sorrow and condemnation, stating that Vallow's actions of turning her own home into a graveyard for two innocent and beautiful children were among the most horrifying things she could imagine. She firmly believed that Tammy, her niece, would have been appalled by Vallow's deeds.
As Kay Woodcock, the biological grandmother of JJ Vallow, Charles Vallow's sister, and the one who had adopted JJ along with Lori Vallow, delivered her statement, her emotions were evident through her weeping. She referred to Vallow Daybell as a money-hungry, power-mongering monster.
Woodcock expressed that she would have willingly given Vallow Daybell the $1 million from Vallow's life insurance if only she had allowed Tylee and JJ to live. She regretfully noted that Vallow Daybell never asked for such assistance. According to Woodcock's statement, Vallow Daybell's motivations were driven by greed and an insatiable desire to be the center of attention.
"Lori is undeniably a monster. A monster that has not taken any responsibility or shown an ounce of remorse for her vile actions. She deserves to never again breathe oxygen as a member of a free society," she said.
During the trial, Colby Ryan testified against Vallow Daybell, and the jury had the opportunity to listen to an emotionally charged jailhouse phone call where he confronted her about the murders of the children. In his statement read to the court during the sentencing hearing, Ryan shared his thoughts and feelings about the tragic events.

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He said, "my siblings and father deserved so much more than this. I want them to be remembered for who they were, and not to be just a spectacle or headline to the world. Tylee was sweet and kind, funny and bold, and she deserves to be seen as such. JJ was the most fun, sweet and silly kid I've ever known - loving and so smart. He deserves to be seen as such."
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