Adele Sorella —A mother of Laval who killed her two children will have to serve at least 10 years of penitentiary before hoping for parole, has decided a judge this Wednesday.
“We must not forget that the sentence is life imprisonment, a period of ineligibility of 10 years is a long time,” said Judge Sophie Bourque in sentencing Adele Sorella, the courthouse in Laval.
Sitting in the box of the accused, the 53-year-old murderer listened attentively to the decision that sealed her fate, but also the reasons that led her to kill her 8 and 9 year old girls, on March 31, 2009 in the residence of Laval.
For several years, Sorella suffered from health problems that led to depression. Then, in 2006, she learned that her husband Giuseppe De Vito was linked to the Montreal mafia.
“The world [of Sorella] collapsed,” said the judge.
The latter has long been sought by the police. He was finally caught in 2010, but he died poisoned three years later at the penitentiary.
Sorella, meanwhile, suffered from depression and made several suicide attempts. Then, on March 31, 2009, she killed her children Amanda and Sabrina De Vito in the family home. In particular, the cause of death has never been established with certainty and Sorella says she has no memory of events.
“There was no sign of violence,” the judge said, explaining the hypothesis that the children had been placed in a hyperbaric chamber, so they died by depravation of oxygen.
Due to mental disorders, defense lawyers Pierre and Guy Poupart had attempted to obtain a verdict of not criminally responsible. The Crown demanded a conviction for premeditated murder.
As a result of its deliberations, the jury opted instead for second degree murder verdicts. It meant that Sorella was automatically going to be jailed for life. Just to determine the eligibility period for parole, which can vary between 10 and 25 years.
But given Sorella’s progress, the judge found that the minimum period was sufficient.
“The process of mourning continues, there is still a long way to go, but it does not present any danger for anyone,” said the judge.
During the pleadings on sorrow, Sorella had also filed a letter stating her remorse and her love for her daughters.
“I do not know what happened and I regret not being there to protect you,” she wrote in a message to her daughters. Ten years later, I continue to mourn your dead. “
Following the sentence, Crown Attorneys Nektarios Tzortzinas and Simon Lapierre announced that they would conduct an analysis to verify the possibility of appealing the appeal, considering that they requested a period of ineligibility of 14 years old.
The defense, for its part, did not wish to comment.