A judge had the option of sentencing her to life with or without parole

By Tara Fowler
April 13, 2015 01:50 PM
Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic/AP

Jodi Arias was sentenced on Monday morning to life in prison without parole in the 2008 slaying of her boyfriend Travis Alexander.

A judge had the option of sentencing her to life with or without parole, The Arizona Republic reports.

Arias, 34, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Alexander in 2013, but when the jury that convicted her could not decide on whether she deserved the death penalty, a mistrial was declared.

A second jury that was seated in October 2014 also struggled to settle on a punishment and ended up deadlocked as well last month. According to state law, Arias could not be tried again and was instead sentenced to life in prison.

Alexander was found dead in his shower in his Mesa, Arizona, home in June 2008. He had been stabbed almost 30 times and his throat was slit. Friends immediately suggested Arias as the likely killer.

Arias insisted that she killed her boyfriend in self-defense, though she admitted that she did not remember stabbing him more than two dozen times.

“I just remember dropping the knife and being very freaked out and screaming,” she testified in 2013.

“I was very scared and very upset. … I just wanted to die,” she added. “I thought, ‘My life is probably done now.’ ”

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