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Hammer killing trial: Arizona woman sentenced to natural life in prison

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It was an emotional day in court as Marissa Devault's kids cried. They asked a judge to give them hope and make their mom eligible for release at 25 years.

But the judge found that the murder was so horrific that Devault will spend the rest of her life in prison without any chance of getting out early.

Tearful pleas from both sides as families testified for and against Marissa Devault.

The family of Devault's husband spoke first.

"She doesn't deserve to walk free ever... she deserves to spend the rest of her natural life behind bars, she took Dale's freedom away. She took her daughters freedom away from them, and she deserves to have her freedom taken away from her," said Rebecca Mott.

But the couple's three daughters and Devault's mother asked for a chance to be reunited in 25 years.

"I come here to speak to you not to beg for my daughter but to beg for my daughter's children... I only ask that up you give them, ask to give them, the chance to have some hope," said Samantha Carlson.

Devault also asked for mercy after killing her husband.

"I wish I had known better, I wish I had known all of the things I know now so I could have made healthier choices," said Devault.

Judge Roland Steinle did not buy Devault's tearful apologies.

"The courts had an opportunity to observe her off and on over the past five years. Quite frankly the court finds remorse hasn't been shown, she's a very manipulative person according to the state doctors, she knows how to turn it on, and turn if off," said Steinle.

Steinle said Devault manipulated her kids into testifying during the trial and if not for them the jury would have sentenced her to death.

"Three wonderful children are asking me to give her the possibility and the sad part of it, there is nothing in this record that would justify parole," he said.

Two of her family members were kicked out of the courtroom as the judge handed down her sentence.
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