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Woman Who Fatally stabbed Her 2 Sons Handed Life Sentence Without Parole

Woman Who Fatally stabbed Her 2 Sons Handed Life Sentence Without Parole

A Massachusetts woman who was found guilty of fatally stabbing her two young sons in what the authorities described as a “ritualistic killing” was given a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.


Latarsha L. Sanders, 48, was sentenced in Plymouth Superior Court a day after she was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the February 2018 murders of La’son Brito, 5, and Edson Brito, 8, by a jury.

8-year-old Edson Brito and 5-year-old La'son Brito
8-year-old Edson Brito and 5-year-old La’son Brito

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said, “Hopefully this is some form of justice for the dad of the little boys and the family,” after the hearing.

On February 5, 2018, police responding to a 911 call at the family’s Brockton home found Sanders outside, upset and belligerent, according to the prosecutors.


The boys were discovered in the family’s third-floor apartment, wrapped in blankets. They had each been stabbed numerous times with a kitchen knife that was later discovered in the sink. They were pronounced dead at the scene.


In a news release, the prosecutors stated that Sanders “cleaned up the children, put them in beds and mopped up the crime scene.”

According to a police report, Sanders told investigators that the killings had to do with “Voodoo stuff.”

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The defense had argued that Sanders was not mentally competent at the time of the killings.

“The family has been totally and completely supportive of Miss Sanders because they have recognized from day one that she was insane at the time that she killed her two children,” defense attorney Elliot Levine said in court.

Sanders could have been motivated by money and planned to set up an online fundraiser for her family, according to prosecutors.

According to prosecutors, the father of the boys is in support of the sentence.


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