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UPDATE: Funeral To Be Held For Baby Crystal's Sisters

ROCKFORD - A memorial service will be held for Baby Crystal's sisters who were found dead in the trunk of a car.
UPDATE (6/6/14) - The two infants found in the trunk of Stockton's vehicle in 2009 will now be buried.  The Winnebago County State's Attorney and the presiding judge have issued a court order releasing the children to be buried.  It'll take place Wednesday, June 11 at 11am.  It'll be held at Calvary Cemetery's Baby Land.  The children will be buried next to their sister Baby Crystal.

The girls' family named them Gracie Lynn and Mariah Renee Stockton.

ROCKFORD -
Nearly a decade after Baby Crystal was found on the side of a rural Winnebago County Roadher mother who admitted to her murder is sentenced.

 

"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 Stockton's former co-workers took the stand.

 

"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 Stockton's car in 2009. DNA experts said Stocktoncan't be ruled out as the mother of those children. Similar to Baby Crystal those newborns were wrapped in clothing and plastic bags. No charges have been filed in their deaths.

 

Prosecutors argued Stocktonhad plenty of options if she didn't feel ready for another baby.

 

"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 Stocktonspoke to the court apologizing to her family and son. 

Upon sentencing Judge Truitt referenced the evidence saying it speaks volumes to Stockton's character. Proving if something doesn't fit her lifestyle she discards it.

 

Stockton is not eligible for parole. Also, she will receive credit for the 3 years she's already served. Her family refused to comment about the sentence.

 

As far as the deaths of the other two infants prosecutors say those cases are still under investigation.

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