Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez gets life for killing her son

Elizabeth Archibeque reads a statement during her sentencing hearing in Coconino County’s District 1 Courtroom Thursday, July 27, 2023. Archibeque, who pleaded guilty to murder in the starvation death of her 6-year-old son, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after witnesses described the horrors of the tiny closet that reeked of urine where he and his young brother were kept and denied food; she also appears in an undated mugshot, inset on the left. (Rachel Gibbons/Arizona Daily Sun via AP; Flagstaff Police Department)

An Arizona mother who intentionally starved her 6-year-old son as a form of punishment, eventually and slowly causing him to die, will spend the rest of her life in prison, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez, 29, reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and pleaded guilty to one count each of murder in the first degree and child abuse, for the March 2, 2020, death of Deshaun Martinez. One count of child abuse was dismissed for the plea. Her defense attorney had also hoped for the possibility of parole.

Coconino Superior Court Judge Ted Reed decided that was not in the offing, according to a courtroom report by The Associated Press.

The judge reportedly remarked that the defendant had expressed some genuine measure of remorse, but found it simply not enough, calling the torture of her son “heinous, cruel and depraved behavior” that warranted imprisonment for “the rest of your natural life.”

Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez gets life for killing her son

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