PHOENIX (PIX11/AP) — A Maricopa County judge sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison Monday in the 2008 killing of her boyfriend.
The court, like the jury, found the crime especially cruel,” Judge Sherry Stephens said. "It is ordered, the defendant will be incarcerated for the rest of her natural life."
The sentencing was largely a formality after a jury deadlocked last month on whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison. The only decision left was whether the judge would allow the 34-year-old Arias to be eligible for release after 25 years. She declined to do that, meaning Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison.
Arias' attorney argued that her defendant had lived a remarkable life, except for the "two minutes" in which she took the life of Travis Alexander. She also argued that Arias had a documented mental illness, and that the crime, while reprehensible, wasn't deserving of a life sentence when compared to the court's treatment of other heinous crimes.
Judge Stephens, however, said, “The offense was committed with at least two deadly weapons, with a gun and at least one knife," and added that Alexander's murder was pre-meditated, especially cruel and that Arias attempted to cover up evidence.
Arias briefly spoke after four of the victim's family members tearfully asked the judge to give Arias the maximum sentence. Arias told the judge she's "disgusted" and "repulsed" with herself during an emotional sentencing hearing, but it wasn't enough to avoid a life sentence
Relatives of Arias' on-again-off-again boyfriend, Travis Alexander, reacted with anger over what they called "countless indignities" that besmirched the name of Alexander over the last two years.
Arias killed her on-again-off-again boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008 after a stormy relationship. Prosecutors say she murdered him in a jealous rage because he wanted to break off the relationship.