Arizona judge sentences murderer Jodi Arias to life without parol

Jodi Arias is sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 13, 2015) (NBC) – An Arizona judge sentenced former waitress Jodi Arias to life in prison with no possibility of parole on Monday (April 13) for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

Arias, 34, escaped a possible death sentence last month after a lone juror at her sentencing retrial refused to back the death penalty throughout days of deliberations.

Prosecutors say she killed her former partner in a jealous rage while Arias argues she acted in self-defense.

After a second jury failed last month to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be executed, Stephens had to choose between sentencing her either to life in prison or to life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

The victim, 30-year-old Travis Alexander, was found dead in a shower at his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He had been stabbed more than 20 times, his throat was slashed almost from ear to ear, and he had been shot in the face.

“I am very sorry for the enormous pain that I’ve caused the people that loved Travis. I never thought I would cause so many people so much pain,” Arias told the judge.

Outside the courtroom, some people cheered the sentence and released balloons in the air; however, defense attorney Jennifer Willmott said she believed that Arias had received an unfair deal.

“I think a possibility of release would have been reasonable for the judge to give,” she said, before adding that intense media scrutiny had made the case more difficult for Arias.

“No matter what she says, she can’t do anything right,” Willmott added.

Arias’ mother said that although she hadn’t been allowed to visit her daughter in awhile, Jodi was “at peace with everything that’s happened.”

Stephens declared a mistrial on March 5 after a female juror refused to vote for the death penalty.