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The family members of the girl spoke in court today, to express their views to the judge and the assassin.
A Utah man who pleaded guilty to killing and sexually assaulting his 5-year-old niece, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole on Tuesday.
Judge Kevin K. Allen scolded, Alex Whipple, for the “incomprehensible” terror ” he inflicted on Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley, her family and the community.
“You will never see the light of day. You will never get to breathe fresh air again,” Allen said. “What you did was so horrible and disgusting that you have to spend the rest of their lives in prison.”
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Lizzy’s disappearance in May sparked a massive search and widespread concern in the picturesque valley of the community of Logan.
“How could anyone do this to their own cousin?” said Dejay Smith, Lizzy’s uncle. “I hope I never see a monster like it is going through in this community.”
Then Smith turned around and turned his attention to the Whipple.
“There are a few things that are more despicable than the actions taken,” Smith said. “You are the worst kind of person humanity has to offer.”
Another uncle, Zachary Black, was straight to a Whipple, who was sitting just a few feet away.
“You’re filthy,” he said. “I hope you like the rest of your life, you are in a small box.
Alex Whipple, appears in the 1 united states District Court for the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Logan, Utah, usa. Whipple was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his first cousin, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal, via AP, Pool)
The 22-year-old Whipple, refused to talk, dropped his head down and showed no emotion during the hearing.
He pleaded guilty last month to murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault as part of an agreement that dismissed the charges of obstruction of justice and desecration of a body, such as Fox 13 News reported. Whipple’s attorney, Shannon Demler, said his client had been brought up in a “less than perfect” family, and was physically abused as a child and developed mental health and substance abuse problems of the homeless. He added that Whipple knew he was a terrible act, and I was ready to take his punishment.
Police say Whipple were killed On May 25, after his sister let him spend the night at the family home. The authorities have said they found the girl’s blood, at Whipple’s clothing, and a bloody, broken knife and the family in the kitchen, in the area where the body was hidden from view.
Lizzy was missing for five days prior to the Whipple and told the police where the body of the child in the forest less than a block from her home, after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Family members remember it On, as a loving, happy girl who loves to draw, be outside, and a rainbow-colored butterflies. A poster with a photo of Lizzy and rainbow-colored butterflies has been placed on an easel at the front of the courtroom. As a victim of an attorney who has worked with the family and brought a pair of rainbow-colored tennis shoes On and was excited to wear it to school.
Cache County Attorney James Swink of so-called Whipple’s crime was a “brutal” and “violent” act of the community in the sense of “a little less secure, a little more vulnerable.”
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Lizzy’s mother, Jessica Black, don’t go to court because they said that they would not be able to bear being in the same room as her brother, but she spoke to reporters, and then released the butterflies to remind her of her daughter.
She called it a difficult day, but thanks to the community for their support.
“I would be willing to do anything to be reunited with her, to hug her and hold her one more time,” she said, still crying. “Our lives will never be the same again. We will never forget our sweet girl and the joy and sunshine she brought to us.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.