The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Jody Herring, the woman sentenced to life without parole for killing a social worker and three relatives she thought played a role in her losing custody of her daughter.
Herring pleaded guilty in 2017 to murdering her cousins, Rhonda and Regina Herring; her aunt, Julie Falzarano; and social worker Lara Sobel.
Herring’s attorney appealed in February, arguing that Superior Court Judge John Pacht held Herring’s “history of trauma and resulting anxiety disorder against her when [he] should have viewed them as mitigating factors” in sentencing.
The sentence, they said, penalized Herring “for being the victim of a lifetime of abuse.” They said Herring should be able to receive treatment and prove she can re-enter society.
Prosecutors argued they weighed all factors in recommending Herring’s sentence, and said there is little evidence that Herring will be rehabilitated.
The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday said they found “no error” in the judge’s decision.