The girls' family named them Gracie Lynn and Mariah Renee Stockton.
"I think the judge sent a strong message to this community and to all communities that this is a tragic event that has occurred. A mother has taken her child's life and that this type of conduct is not going to be tolerated in this community or any other," said Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato.
Winnebago County Judge John Truitt listened to hours of testimony before sentencing Katie Stockton to 50 years in prison. More than a dozen witnesses including doctors, police officers, and
"I think it's a horrible offense and I think Judge Truitt got it right when he called it heinous," explained Bruscato.
For the first time, Judge Truitt allowed testimony and pictures of two infant skeletal remains found in the trunk of
"Adoption, safe haven, family and when you make choices to avoid or not make use of those options the message is that there are severe consequences," said Bruscato.
Before closing arguments
Upon sentencing Judge Truitt referenced the evidence saying it speaks volumes to
As far as the deaths of the other two infants prosecutors say those cases are still under investigation.
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