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Woman convicted of murdering two young daughters in a vengeance plot against her ex-husband

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A Virginia woman was found guilty of murdering her two young daughters in order to exact revenge on her ex-husband, who planned to leave with one of the girls.

According to the Washington Post, Veronica Youngblood, 37, admitted to killing her children, 15-year-old Sharon Castro and 5-year-old Brooklynn Youngblood, but she pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the Aug. 5, 2018 murders.

The jury, however, was not convinced that mental illness played a significant role in the killings.

The panel convicted Youngblood, a former sex worker who defense attorneys claimed was physically and sexually abused by her own family, of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony firearm use on Wednesday, March 22, according to the newspaper.

Youngblood was described as a malicious, selfish, and deliberate killer by Fairfax County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kelsey Gill during the trial.

As her adolescent daughter lay dying, she called her ex-husband, Ron Youngblood, to tell him she despised him and had killed the children.

He had intended to relocate to Missouri with the couple’s youngest child.

According to the Washington Post, prosecutors claim that killing the children was her act of vengeance.

During closing arguments, Gill stated, “This case goes far beyond simply having a mental illness.” “This is much more than depression.” This extends far beyond PTSD. This is far more than suicidal.”

Gill told jurors that Youngblood had purchased a handgun nine days before the killings. She’d given her children sleeping pills so they couldn’t stop her rampage in their McLean, Virginia apartment.

According to the Washington Post, Little Brooklyn died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the head.

Sharon was shot twice, once in the back and once in the chest, but she survived long enough to call 911 and claim that her mother had pulled the trigger.

According to the Washington Post, she died in the hospital.

Fairfax County Public Defender Dawn Butorac, Youngblood’s defense attorney, stated that the Argentine-born defendant grew up in poverty and became a sex worker after having her oldest daughter at the age of 16.

Butorac stated that she was also hearing voices. And she was following a South American religion in which adherents believe they can communicate with the dead.

Youngblood confessed to investigators on tape that she had murdered her children, then claimed she deserved the death penalty.

According to the Washington Post, prosecutors attacked the defense’s insanity defense and claimed Youngblood was acting dishonestly.

“This person wants to manipulate, this person wants to lie, this person wants to create chaos, all for this person’s personal gain,” prosecutor Claiborne Richardson stated. “Ms. Youngblood is vindictive, self-centered, vengeful, and calculated.”

The trial was two weeks long. It took the jury a day to convict her.

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