Saturday, March 31, 2012

Shaquan Duley Jailed for 35 Years for suffocating her two young sons, then putting them in a car and staging crash into a river

An unemployed and mentally ill South Carolina mother has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing her two young sons, then putting them in her car and staging a crash into a river.

Shaquan Duley, 30, said nothing during the hearing except a very quiet 'yes sir' as Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson asked her questions.

Dickson said he appreciated Duley taking responsibility but she needed to be punished for what she did.

'The sentence I hand down today does not reflect in any way this court minimizing the horror of what you did to your children, your family and this community,' Dickson said.

Duley faced 30 years to life in prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts of murder in the deaths of her sons, 2-year-old Devean and 18-month-old Ja'van in August 2010.

The mother made no deal with prosecutors.

After pleading guilty, Duley tearfully apologized for what she did. She also said she was happy that God let her keep her memories of her sons. Read More