Colorado woman was sentenced on Friday to 100 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder for stabbing a pregnant stranger she had lured with an online ad for free maternity clothes, then cutting the fetus from her victim’s womb.
A Boulder County District Court judge handed down the sentence for Dynel Lane, 35, for the grisly 2015 attack, which renewed a national debate over whether a fetus is a person and if termination of a pregnancy can ever be considered murder.
Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, survived the attack in the town of Longmont, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Denver. But her unborn baby died.
A coroner concluded the fetus did not take a breath outside the womb, so under Colorado law Lane could not be charged with murder.
“I believe you’ve lost the privilege to live in our society,” Wilkins, who had named her unborn child Aurora, told Lane at Friday’s sentencing hearing.
In February, jurors convicted Lane of attempted murder, four counts of felony assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
Judge Maria Berkenkotter called the 100-year sentence justified because the crime was “brutal, shocking and cruel” and said it was “miraculous” Wilkins survived.
Dynel Lane smiles at the judge as she faces her accusers in court. No guilt or shame. This woman is clearly a psychopath.
May she rot in hell.