Jodi Arias will spend life in jail without parole, following her final hearing in the murder of Travis Alexander. The verdict came in the convicted killer’s third and last trial, after previous juries had failed to reach a decision.
Following nearly 7 years of deliberation, Jodi Arias, 34, was given her final sentence on Apr. 13 regarding the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. In the third trial in Phoenix, Arizona, the decision came down to Judge Sherry Stephens, as to whether the convicted killer would serve life with or without parole, after having dodged the death penalty in her previous hearings. Though the trial was somewhat a formality as Jodi would be getting a life sentence regardless, the possibility for parole would determine whether she would spend her remaining days behind bars, or would be granted the possibility of release on parole after 25 years.
Jodi Arias Final Verdict
Before the ultimate sentencing, Jodi was given one final plea in a chance for her to speak and possibly receive parole. Wearing her prison jumpsuit, Jodi said, “it’s my firm belief that death would bring me untold peace and freedom. If I die today, I would be free and I would be at peace. I realize how selfish it would be if I escaped.”
Jodi had previously said that she would prefer to get the death penalty rather than spend the rest of her life in jail.
An Ongoing Trial
Jodi’s case has had the country– and juries– divided for some time. In 2008, after a rocky relationship, Jodi killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis, in a fit of rage. After he had tried to break up with her, Jodi shot the 30-year-old then went on to stab him nearly 30 times before fleeing to Utah.
In her first trial in 2013, Jodi was found guilty of first degree murder. The judge declared that Jodi was in fact eligible for the death penalty, due to the fact that her crime was “exceptionally cruel.” However, in that trial as well as a second in October, 2014, the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision as to whether she should be sentenced to death or life in prison. In Arizona, a jury has to be in total agreement in order to issue a death sentence.
Also in Arizona, after two hung juries occur, the death penalty is then taken off the table, therefore it was no longer an option in Jodi’s final sentencing.
What do you guys think of Jodi’s final verdict, HollywoodLifers? Should she have gotten parole?
— Casey Mink