This is so awful — but the sentence justly deserved.
A former sorority girl at Muskingum University in Ohio was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for killing her newborn baby daughter and then disposing of the girl’s body in a sorority house trash.
21-year-old Emile Weaver was found guilty back in May of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence by an Ohio jury, and yesterday’s sentence will land her in prison for the rest of her life, pending appeal.
Weaver gave birth in a bathroom at her home Delta Gamma Theta sorority on Muskingum’s campus on April 22 of this year, after which she put the infant in a trash bag and left her outside, where she died.
It was found soon after in the trash by other sorority members.
Through the entire trial, prosecutors have alleged that Weaver never intended to keep the child during her pregnancy, as they pointed out instances where she drank alcohol, smoked marijuana, and even played in a dodgeball tournament while months pregnant.
But come sentencing day, Weaver broke down in the courtroom and began sobbing as the judge, Mark Fleegle, read her sentence.
Weaver did apologize for her crime at the sentencing hearing, saying:
“I ask God for forgiveness, and today, all I can do is ask for all of yours.”
Her attorney had requested a sentence of life in prison with parole after 20 years, but Judge Fleegle questioned her remorse because of text messages she had sent to whom she believed was the father of the baby.
According to media reports, Weaver sent messages to the man (who, after DNA evidence was admitted, was proven not to be the father, after all) that said “no more baby,” and “taken care of” after the horrific act was committed.
That didn’t sit well with the judge at sentencing:
“That was probably the most truthful statement you made that day. It was an inconvenience, and you took care of it.”
All this comes after Weaver initially pled not guilty by reason of insanity, only to have the judge deny that plea and find her mentally competent to stand trial.
Now, it sounds like Weaver will appeal this sentence. Was she insane? Or just homicidally self-centered??
What do YOU think?
[Image via Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office.]