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"She pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month and faced 30 years to life in prison without
parole. Prosecutors made no recommendation, but offered no mercy either. Duley will have
to serve every day of her sentence. "You have left no one involved in the case with a good
choice here today," Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson said. "Your family has the unenviable
task of deciding between the grief of losing their grandchildren and supporting their child, the mother who killed them."
"Duley's chance to ask for mercy came on March 16 when she pleaded guilty. She cried
as she apologized for what she did. She also said she was happy that God let her keep
her memories of her sons. "In spite of whatever I've gone through," Duley said, "I still have
hope and joy in my heart that one day I will see them again."
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“I couldn’t leave them behind,” she said. “I figured if I got to die, I got to take them with
me.” "I couldn’t leave them, I really felt bad,” she said. “I wanted them with me no matter
where I was because I felt like nobody else was going to be mommy. My boys adored me
and I adored them.”
“How were you about to do that? How were you about to do that?” Winfrey asked.
“Who did you suffocate first?” “I don’t remember. I think Devean first.”
Winfrey brings up the coroner’s report that suggests Devean struggled with his
mother, struggled for his life. “When I read that it really pierced my heart, because
the thought of a two-year-old struggling with his mother, while his mother is suffocating
him, is really unbearable,” Winfrey said. “Could you sense that he was fighting for his life?”
“He had to be.”