Lori Vallow Daybell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday for the murders of her two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16. Daybell was also sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the conspiracy to commit murder of her husband’s first wife, Tammy Daybell.
The jury found Daybell guilty of all charges against her in May after a four-week trial. Prosecutors argued that Daybell killed her children because she believed they were “zombies” and that she conspired with her husband, Chad Daybell, to kill Tammy Daybell so that she could inherit her husband’s estate.
In her sentencing hearing, Daybell’s defense attorneys argued that she was mentally ill and that she should be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. However, the judge rejected their arguments and sentenced Daybell to life without parole.
Daybell’s sentencing brings an end to a case that has shocked and horrified the nation. The case began in 2019, when Daybell’s children were reported missing. Their bodies were later found buried on Chad Daybell’s property.
Chad Daybell is also facing charges in connection with the deaths of his wife and his stepchildren. He is scheduled to go on trial in January 2024.
The sentencing of Lori Vallow Daybell is a reminder that there is no place for violence against children in our society. We must all work to protect our children and to ensure that they are safe.