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A former waitress has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her ex-boyfriend. The 34-year-old woman was facing the death penalty; however, one juror last month held out against the death penalty after the jury deliberated for five days.

The woman’s murder trial began in 2013, and it drew massive media attention with graphic, lurid testimony. According to prosecutors in the case, the woman killed her ex-boyfriend while she was in a jealous rage. The defense, though, said the man’s death was self-defense.

Ex-Boyfriend Shot in Face, Stabbed Over 20 Times

The trial brought the details of the 30-year-old man’s to light. The victim, who lived in Phoenix, was found dead in his shower. He had been stabbed more than 20 times and shot in the face. The defendant said in court that she remembered when she stabbed the knife into her ex-boyfriend’s throat. She said he was conscious and was still attempting to attack her.

The victim’s younger sister said that the defendant should be put to death and that all the woman wanted to do was smear her brother’s name. She refused to address the defendant during sentencing because she said the woman wasn’t worth her breath.

Defense Says Defendant Was Not a Monster

The woman’s defense attorney told the court that her client was remorseful and asked the judge to at least give the defendant the hope that she would one day be released. Since the jury could not agree on the death penalty, the judge had to choose between life in prison without parole or life with the possibility of parole after serving 25 years. The judge did not give her the chance of ever being released.

This case dramatically shows how there are two sides to almost any criminal case. The defendant says she killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense because he was attacking her. The prosecution proved to the jury and the judge that the woman simply flew into a rage and killed him.

It’s important for those facing such an extreme sentence like the death penalty to have a legal team with experience, knowledge and a commitment to their client.