connectVideoCalifornia few who are beaten and starved 12 of their children condemned to a life in prison
The California “house of horrors” parents who have been abused and tortured for 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
Some of the children of the couple spoke in a crowded courtroom for their parents to condemn them. Judge Bernard Schwartz said the children were not allowed to be filmed or photographed to be compiled by members of the media at the palace of Justice in Riverside.
“Sometimes I still have nightmares of the things that have happened, like my brothers and sisters in chains or beaten up,” said one of the Not’ sons an impact statement he read to the court.
One of the other Not’ children, who, as Jane Doe No. 4, also read a statement before the sentencing. Of the living conditions, she said, “Life can be bad, but it made me strong.”
“My parents have my whole life from me, but now I am my whole life back,” she said.
She said that at school now and doing well.
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“I am a fighter, I’m strong and I’m shooting through life like a rocket ,” Jane Doe No. 4 said.
Some of the other children said that they still have the love of their parents. A child asked for a lighter punishment.
“I think 25 years is too long,” a statement of the child to read. “I believe that our parents did their best to raise all 13 of us.”
David Turpin and Louise Turpin had pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February on the consequences of torture and other forms of abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle tissue and to the left two girls are not able to bear children. The minimum sentence she faced 25 years to life.
The Not’ the 17-year-old daughter was able to escape from the squalid house in Perris, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in January 2018. She jumped out of a window and used a cell phone to alert authorities to the family of the horrible living conditions.
“I’m sorry if I have done anything to cause them harm,” an emotional David Turpin said in a written statement to read, partly by his lawyer.
David Turpin reacts in court during his sentencing hearing where he and his wife were imprisoned for life.
“I hope and pray my children can be close together since their mother and father can’t be there for them,” he said.
“I am so proud of each of my children,” he continued. “I miss all our children and I will be praying for them”
Louise Turpin also had a statement that she read to the court.
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“We want the best for them and their happiness is important to me,” she said of her children.
“I believe that God has a special plan for each of them and I wish that I could say them: I’m sorry. I want them to know how special they are and how proud I am of them,” she said.
Before his sentence, Schwartz, called the Robe of the treatment of their children “selfish, cruel and inhumane.”
Louise Turpin has been emotional in court Friday, 19 April 2019.
“You have separated the ability to interact and raise your children that you created and brought into this world,” he said to the parents.
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David Turpin, 57, was an engineer for Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as wife in 2011 in a bankruptcy filing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.