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‘Doomsday’ mom Lori Vallow Daybell sentenced to life in prison


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“Doomsday” mom Lori Vallow Daybell denied that she murdered her two children and conspired to murder the wife of her then-boyfriend, Chad Daybell as she was sentenced to life in prison Monday —  insisting “accidental deaths happen” and bizarrely claiming that she had heard from her victims in the afterlife.

Vallow Daybell – who was found guilty in May of murdering her youngest children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, age 7, and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, and plotting to kill Chad’s wife, Tammy – gave a bizarre statement to the court before she was sentenced to five terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Jesus knows me and Jesus understands me. I mourn with all of you who mourn my children and Tammy,” she said.

“Jesus Christ knows the truth of what happened here. Jesus Christ knows that no one was murdered in this case. Accidental deaths happen. Suicides happen. Fatal side effects from medications happen.”

She went on to claim that she has had “many” communications with her victims.

“I have had many communications with Jesus Christ the savior of this world…because of these communications, I know for a fact that my children are happy and busy in the spirit world..because of…communications with my friend Tammy Daybell, I know that she is also very happy and extremely busy,” she said.

Vallow Daybell sat straight-faced next to her attorney for the majority of the hearing, as the court heard victim impact statements.

“[Vallow Daybell] is a danger to society. Her body and manipulative mind are weapons used for her selfish greed and satisfaction,” her former sister-in-law and JJ’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, told the court.

“She is driven by her greed and need to be the center of attention.”

In a statement read by prosecutors, Vallow Daybell’s only surviving son, Colby Ryan, told the court: “I have lost my entire family in life.”

“I have watched everything crumble and be shredded to pieces,” his prepared statement read. “I have lost my sister, brother, father and my mother.”

In a statement read by prosecutors, Vallow Daybell’s only surviving son, Colby Ryan, told the court: “I have lost my entire family in life.”

Tammy’s aunt, Vicki Hoban, also blasted Vallow Daybell for pursuing what she wanted at any cost.

“Lori wanted money sex and more power. And what Lori wants, Lori gets,” Hoban said.

Vallow Daybell was charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and grand theft. She narrowly escaped the threat of the death penalty.

She was tried separately from Daybell, her fifth husband, who is accused of similar charges.

Prosecutors asked Idaho District Court Judge Steven Boyce to give Vallow Daybell the maximum sentence for each count: five fixed life sentences, each without parole, with an additional 20-year sentence for grand theft. They also requested nearly $300,000 in fines and restitution.

“Because this was the ultimate crime – killing your own Children, killing your boyfriend’s wife – the punishment must be the ultimate allowed by the law,” Prosecutor Rob Wood said.

Prosecutors alleged that the pair espoused beliefs about zombies and said they were called upon by God to shepherd the 144,000 followers in to the end of the world and the second coming of Christ

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