Theresa Riggi stabbed her three children to death because she didn’t want her husband to get custody of them. Now she’s been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Do YOU think that’s an adequate amount of time?
Theresa Riggi –the 47-year-old woman who killed her eight-year-old twin sons and a five-year-old daughter last August because she didn’t want to lose them in a custody battle — was sentenced to 16 years in prison April 27.
Although Theresa is American-born, she lives overseas and was tried there. Originally she was charged with murder, but later admitted to three counts of culpable homicide, which lessened her sentence.
“The result of these acts is a devastating family tragedy. The father of the children, Pasquale Riggi, and the wider family have been left utterly bereft by the loss of the children,” Lord Bracadale told Theresa.
“And you, who had a genuine but abnormal and possessive love of your children, have lost them and are brought to this sorry pass.”
He explained, “The number and nature of the stab wounds to each child is indicative of a truly disturbing degree of violence which, in order to bring about the deaths of three children, must have been sustained over a significant period of time. It is difficult to envisage the physical commission of such acts.”
After Theresa killed her children, she tried to commit suicide by throwing herself head-first over a balcony. However, a neighbor broke her fall.
The day before the murders, Theresa and her estranged husband were supposed to be at a custody trial and she had admitted to a friend things between them were so horrible he would “hear about it on the national news.”
According to the Daily Mail, “Mr. Prentice [her spouse] said she accused him of being in collusion with their solicitors and asked if he would take the children away.”
When her husband said he had to take the children, Theresa allegedly replied, “Say goodbye then” and hung up the phone.
The children’s father gave a statement saying he thinks of his three kids “100 times a day” adding, “There is no justification for this heinous crime, repeated three times, nor is there any sentence that can provide justice for the overwhelming loss of three lives and the subsequent painful grief and devastation caused to surviving family and friends.”
It’s hard to believe Theresa will only spend 16 years behind bars when she did something so disgusting. Do YOU think 16 years is an adequate punishment?