On Aug. 5, 2018, Veronica Youngblood, 37, shot 15-year-old Sharon Castro and 5-year-old Brooklyn Youngblood and then called her ex-husband to tell him that she killed the children and she hated him, the Washington Post reported.
While Veronica was leaving a message for her ex-husband, Ron Youngblood, her teen daughter, who was shot in the back and the chest, called 911 and told them her mother shot her. Sharon died at the hospital and Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot once in the head.
During the trial, prosecutors said the murders were vengeance against Ron, who was planning to move to Missouri and take Brooklyn with him.
Veronica’s attorney, Dawn Butorac, argued that Youngblood was from Argentina and grew up in poverty and was physically and sexually abused by family members. She said Veronica became a sex worker, which is how she met Ron and married him in 2009.
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On Sept. 22, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows sentenced Youngblood to 78 years in prison, the New York Post reported.
During her sentencing, Youngblood called herself a “good mother” and said “something happened” in her brain, authorities said.
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Youngblood spoke about her daughters and the hardships she faced while raising them, saying, “I don’t know how to explain it, something exploded in my mind.”
Youngblood’s attorneys asked the two sentences run concurrently, which would have reduced the sentence from 78 years to 42 years, The Post reported. However, Judge Bellows nixed that idea.
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