Brockton Woman Left Knife in Sink After Murdering Sons
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include more information and a quote from Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
BROCKTON — A Brockton woman has been sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after a jury found her guilty of murdering her two young sons in a "ritualistic incident" in 2018.
The Plymouth County District Attorney's office said 48-year-old Latarsha Sanders was convicted yesterday on two counts of first degree murder.
Sanders fatally stabbed her sons, 8-year-old Edson and 5-year-old La'son Brito, dozens of times in February 2018.
She will serve two mandatory terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Judge William Sullivan also sentenced Sanders to another 9-10 years in prison running concurrently on a witness intimidation charge.
Police were called to 247 Prospect St. just after noon on Feb. 5, 2018 for a medical emergency at a third floor apartment.
First responders reportedly arrived to find the two children stabbed to death in their beds, as part of what Sanders reportedly told police was a "voodoo ritual."
Sanders had cleaned the children and put them into their beds before mopping up, but she left the murder weapon — a kitchen knife — in the sink.
She was arrested later that day, and the D.A.'s office said she never sought medical attention for her little boys.
Sanders was convicted after a nine-day trial and four hours of jury deliberations.
"These two young boys were innocent babies with their lives ahead of them," Plymouth D.A. Timothy Cruz said.
"This was an emotional and difficult case for all of the family members involved. There were no winners in the courtroom today."