A Colorado woman who was convicted of slicing open another woman and stealing her unborn child was sentenced to 100 years in prison on Friday, CNN reports.
35-year-old Dynel Lane was found guilty in February, nearly a year after her March 12 attack on Michelle Wilkins, a seven months pregnant woman who responded to a Craigslist ad posted by Lane, offering free maternity and baby clothes.
Upon arriving at Lane’s home, Wilkins was choked and stabbed until she was no longer conscious, at which point Lane cut the baby girl – who Wilkins planned on naming Aurora – from the womb. Prosecutors claimed that Lane, a former nurses’ aid, had spent the last year falsifying a pregnancy.
One day after having surgery to treat her wounds, Wilkins learned that the baby did not survive.
“You knowingly left me to die multiple times,” Wilkins reportedly said in court on Friday in part of her victim impact statement. “The only tears you shed during the trial were those of self-pity, to the sound of your own voice as your lies were slowly revealed. Yet even now you cannot come clean about what actually occurred.
“You embrace your narcissistic fantasy to fulfill the lie you created and it was more important then my right to live and Aurora’s right to live.”
Concluding her statement, Wilkins supported the idea that Lane receive the maximum penalty as she believe that Lane has “lost the privilege to live in our society.”
Following the incident that resulted in the loss of Wilkins’ baby, Lane carried the baby from the basement, where Wilkins lay unconscious, just as her partner was arriving home. At that point, Lane told him that she had suffered a miscarriage. However, when she arrived at the hospital, she was met by police.
Lane did admit to officers that she cut out the baby, but said that she had done so out of self-defense after Wilkins attacked her, CNN reported. She also reportedly said that she believed she killed Wilkins during their altercation and cut the baby out in an attempt to save it.
According to CNN, Lane declined to speak at the sentencing hearing, but the court did hear from her mother who said that her daughter was still suffering the side effects of her losing her young son in a drowning accident and was desperate to have another child.