Crime Woman Guilty of Killing Pregnant Friend and Ripping Baby Girl From Womb: 'Holding Her Felt Right' Ashleigh Wade faces life in prison without parole By Steve Helling Published on October 6, 2017 04:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Ashleigh Wade, the New York woman who fatally stabbed her friend before cutting the victim’s baby out of her womb, was found guilty of second-degree murder and kidnapping on Thursday. The 24-year-old woman wept as the verdict was read. It took the jury just five hours to convict her. When she is sentenced on October 20, Wade faces life in prison. Assistant District Attorney Meredith Holtzman told the jury that Wade faked a pregnancy in 2015 when she lured her friend, Angelikque Sutton to her home. When Sutton arrived, Wade slashed her in the face and neck, cutting her larynx so that she couldn’t scream. Although Sutton fought back, she bled to death. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. Subsequently, Holtzman told the jury, Wade took a paring knife to Sutton’s abdomen and cut out her uterus, removing the baby. Facebook The baby girl was named Jenasis. Holtzman told the jury that Wade wrapped up the newborn and fed her a bottle of formula. She then told her boyfriend that she’d just had a baby — but that she’d done a bad thing. The prosecutor read a written confession by Wade in court and the defense conceded many of the case’s details, but argued that Wade was mentally disturbed, and she truly believed that the baby was her own. • PEOPLE’s special edition True Crime Stories: 35 Real Cases That Inspired the Show Law & Order is on sale now. David McGlynn/Splash News Online After the murder, Wade told detectives that she wanted to “rescue” the baby because she had lost her own. Prosecutors say that Wade’s supposed pregnancy was actually imaginary. “I sat there thinking about my child that died and thought that I couldn’t have any more children die so I rescued the baby,” she wrote in her confession. “Holding her felt right and I believed that the little girl was mine.” Jenasis is now a healthy toddler living with family members. Amy Attias, Wade’s defense attorney, briefly addressed reporters after the conviction, and said that Wade was very remorseful. “She’s sobbing and she’s sorry,” she said.