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N’Duka told reporters that Escalona had asked afterward, "What about my children?"
N’Duka said the sentence was "way too harsh" and suggested the widespread attention her client’s case had received contributed to the sentence.
"It’s a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure on the parties," N’Duka said.
Price said afterward prosecutors decided to ask for a longer sentence after receiving more evidence they wouldn’t have had if Escalona had taken a deal for 45 years.
"We feel like the judge listened very carefully to a very difficult week of testimony, and we feel like he did exactly what the evidence called for," Price said.
Ofelia Escalona had asked for leniency for her daughter. After the sentencing, she left the courtroom with a solemn expression, ignoring reporters’ shouted questions.
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