By KATIE McLAUGHLIN
ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (Court TV) – Lori Vallow Daybell will remain behind bars for the rest of her life, with no chance of parole for her role in the deaths of two of her children along with her fifth husband’s former wife.
Emotions ran high as loved ones read victim impact statements aloud in court on behalf of 7-year-old JJ Vallow, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, and 49-year-old Tammy Daybell.
Last month, Fremont County District Judge Steven Boyce ruled that only immediate family members of the victims would be permitted to speak at the sentencing hearing.
The following family members spoke on behalf of the victims:
- Colby Ryan: Lori’s oldest son and Tylee and JJ’s old brother
- Kay Woodcock: JJ’s grandmother and JJ’s designated representative
- Summer Shiflet: Lori’s sister and Tylee’s designated representative
- Samantha Gwilliam: Tammy’s sister
Other loved ones had expressed interest in speaking on behalf of the victims, but Judge Boyce had to eliminate them because they were not immediate family members. Tammy’s aunt, Vicki Hoban, was granted special permission to speak due to the fact that Tammy’s mother passed away in June; but Lori’s attorneys later argued that an aunt is not a victim under Idaho law, and therefore should not be permitted to speak. Judge Boyce kept his ruling, allowing Hoban to speak at the sentencing hearing.
Lori spoke before Judge Boyce handed down his sentence. The death penalty was not an option, as the judge took that option off the table back in March.
Lori, who is being housed at the Madison County Jail, will be transferred to the custody of the Idaho Department of Correction. She will serve out her time at the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center.