The almost seven-year saga of Jodi Arias’s dramatic murder trial has finally drawn to a close. On Monday, Arizona judge Sherry Stephens ruled that Arias would spend the rest of her life in prison, without the possibility of parole. In 2013, Arias was convicted for murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. Arias shot Alexander in the head, stabbed him 30 times, and slit his throat almost from ear-to-ear — a crime that Stephens described as “especially cruel.” When Stephens announced her decision Monday, the victim’s sister yelled, “Burn in hell!” Arias’s prolonged trial was caused by not one, but two deadlocked juries that could not unanimously decide on whether she should receive the death penalty. Under Arizona law, Arias cannot be tried again.
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