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Quebec mother to serve at least 10 years in killing of young daughters

A handout photo from the Laval police department shows Adele Sorella. A Quebec mother convicted in the killings of her two young daughters has been sentenced to 10 years in prison before she is eligible for parole. Adele Sorella was convicted in March of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of nine-year-old Amanda and eight-year-old Sabrina. The girls were found dead in the family home in Laval on March 31, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

LAVAL, Que. — A Quebec mother convicted in the killings of her two young daughters has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

Adele Sorella was convicted in March of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of nine-year-old Amanda and eight-year-old Sabrina. The girls were found dead in the family home in Laval on March 31, 2009.

The jury rejected her defence seeking a verdict of not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

Sorella told the court she had little memory of the day when her daughters were found dead, and medical experts testified that Sorella experienced a dissociative episode the day of the killings.

The Crown had recommended that Sorella serve 14 years of the mandatory life sentence before becoming eligible for parole, while the defence recommended the minimum of 10 years.

Sorella’s lawyers are appealing her conviction, arguing the verdicts were unreasonable and not supported by the evidence.

 

 

 

The Canadian Press