Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of first-degree murder and consecutive sentences of 25 years each on two counts of second-degree murder for fatally stabbing 6-year-old Lucia and 2-year-old Leo in their home on October 25, 2012. Marina Krim, the mother of two murdered children told the court, Ortega tried to destroy her family but failed. Their mother had returned home from swimming lessons with the children's 3-year-old sister, only to find Lulu and Leo dead in a bathtub. Their father was out of town.
Ortega had pleaded not guilty on the grounds on the grounds of mental illness, but NY courts have a high bar for proving insanity, with jurors deciding she was aware of what she was doing.
Ortega is a naturalized United States citizen and a native of the Dominican Republic.
The only time Ortega showed any emotion was when she whimpered that she deserved mercy because now she was suddenly "sorry".
"The defendant is an evil and utterly unsafe narcissist and a complete failure", Kevin Krim said.
"The defendant knows nothing of responsibility or remorse".
"It's the people of NY who wrapped their arms around us in our darkest moment - they are what make this the greatest city in the world", he said.
"I ask for a good deal of goodness".
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Jurors and members of the audience also wept up when Kevin and Marina - the first and last witnesses on the prosecution's direct case - took the witness stand.
"As Nessie grows up, she will be asking Kevin and me deep, unanswerable questions about life that most parents avoid talking about with their kids", Marina Krim said.
Judge Carro was not moved.
"I insist on the fact that she was aware of his actions no more than a baby or a rough wild beast, "said Ortega's lawyer , Valerie van Leer-Greenberg".
At Ortega's trial, Kevin Krim, who had been on a business trip and received news of the children's deaths when his plane landed, spoke of walking down a long hallway at the hospital where he saw their bodies.
Krim had made plans to meet Ortega, who her children affectionately called Josie, at a dance class for Lucia at 5:30 p.m.
During the seven-week trial, jurors grappled with whether Ortega had been too mentally ill to understand what she was doing when she killed the children. Krim frantically tried to reach Ortega, who had worked for the family for about two years. The parents hired her after a relative of Ortega's provided them with a fabricated reference claiming Ortega had nannied for a child of hers who never existed.