Killer nanny set to be sentenced

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of first-degree murder and consecutive sentences of 25 years each on two counts of second-degree murder for fatally stabbing 6-year-old Lucia and 2-year-old Leo in their home on October 25, 2012.

"She tried to destroy what Kevin and I set out to build, a happy family", Marina said.

Ms Krim was afterwards found by police crying and crying hysterically, clutching for her living child. Their father was out of town.

Ortega's lawyers had failed to convince the jury she was not guilty by reason of insanity.

The prosecution said Ortega deliberately planned the murders and was motivated by financial problems and resentment of her wealthy employers.

Ortega then took the knife to her own throat in an apparent suicide attempt.

"The defendant is an evil and utterly unsafe narcissist and a complete failure", Kevin Krim said.

"The defendant knows nothing of responsibility or remorse, " he added.

"It was her intention to take their lives and to destroy the family", he said at the sentencing. "We'll miss them all our lives".

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"I ask for a good deal of goodness".

"First I see Lulu and I instantly know she's dead", Krim testified at Ortega's trial.

Judge Carro was not moved.

"As Nessie grows up, she will be asking Kevin and me deep, unanswerable questions about life that most parents avoid talking about with their kids", Marina Krim said.

At Ortega's trial, Kevin Krim testified that when his plane landed in NY that night in October 2012, he was met by police, who escorted him to the hospital where the bodies of his dead children had been brought, along with his wife and surviving child.

She claimed she did not remember the attack and was possessed by the devil, but a psychologist told jurors she was depressed, but not mentally ill - and had not mentioned hallucinations at the time. The girl was stabbed more than 30 times and the boy was stabbed five times.

But prosecutors Stuart Silberg and Courtney Groves had contended Ortega had full knowledge of what she was doing, leaving behind her cell phone and hanging other important documents on a doorknob in the apartment she shared with her sister and son on the day of the slayings.

Mr Krim, who now works at a start-up, and his wife use a Facebook page to post updates on their lives. Ortega, who's from the Dominican Republic, had been recommended by her sister, a nanny for another NY family, and her background and references were faked by her family.

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