Sept. 29 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania woman and her adult daughter were each sentenced to five-consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to murdering five of their family members in 2019.
Shana Decree and Dominique Decree each pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors that spared them the death penalty.
“This is horrible and tragic, because I do believe the two of you have expressed remorse,” Judge Wallace Bateman Jr. said in court. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t bring them back. You can’t say, ‘sorry,’ and expect people to move on with their lives.”
Police arrested the two women in February 2019 after five people were found dead in their apartment. Among the dead were Shana Decree’s 25-year-old daughter Naa’Irah Smith, her 13-year-old son Damon Decree Jr., her 9-year-old twin nieces, Imani Allen and Erika Allen, and the twins’ mother and Shana Decree’s sister,