Lori Vallow Daybell received numerous life sentences for the murder of her children

Lori Vallow Daybell was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of her two youngest children and conspiracy to murder a romantic rival. She is seen here during the sentencing hearing at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony, Idaho.Tony Blakeslee/AP
Lori Vallow Daybell was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of her two youngest children and conspiracy to murder a romantic rival. She is seen here during the sentencing hearing at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony, Idaho. Tony Blakeslee/AP

A mother from Idaho was given the harshest punishment allowed on Monday after being found guilty of the brutal murders of her two youngest children and the ex-wife of her husband.

After authorities found the murders of Lori Vallow Daybell’s daughter Tylee Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, in her husband’s property in rural eastern Idaho, she was given a sentence that was more than three years old.

She was found guilty of the two first-degree murder counts against JJ and Tylee as well as the conspiracy to murder Tammy Daybell, her husband’s ex-wife, and received the harshest punishment possible: life in prison without the chance of release. Vallow Daybell “needs to be held accountable separately for each of the three murders,” according to Judge Steven Boyce, who ruled that the three sentences must be served consecutively.

In addition, Vallow Daybell was found guilty on two separate counts of conspiring to murder her two children and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Additionally, she was given a total prison term of 10 years for a charge of grand theft. The three successive murder charges will run concurrently with the offenses.

“Jesus understands me,” claims Lori Vallow Daybell

In her Monday speech to the court, Vallow Daybell said, “Jesus knows me and Jesus understands me. I share your sorrow as you lament the loss of Tammy and my children. Jesus Christ is aware of the reality of what took place. Jesus Christ is aware that there was no murder in this instance. Accidental fatalities do occur. Suicides do occur. Medication side effects can be fatal.

During the sentencing, Boyce stated that he does not believe Vallow Daybell “has any remorse for the effort and heartache you caused.”

Boyce said that it was incredible that someone your age, with no past criminal history, would be found guilty of the most serious crimes. “A mother killing her own children is the most unthinkable kind of murder, and that’s exactly what you did. You continue to maintain your innocence in front of the court today despite the jury’s unanimous verdict and overwhelming evidence against you.

 

Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan’s brother laments them

In a victim impact statement, Colby Ryan, Vallow Daybell’s estranged oldest son, stated that “generations have been affected by these murders.”

After a five-week trial this spring that featured horrific visuals and emotional testimony from Ryan, who once yelled during a jail call with his mother, “You murdered my siblings!” the jury needed just seven hours to return a guilty verdict.

The conviction of Vallow Daybell brings to an end a tragic case in which infants were discovered as “pieces of bone, charred flesh,” as one detective stated during the trial. As authorities claimed the homicides were “premeditated and planned,” the deaths drew attention, scrutiny, speculation, and sensationalism from all over the world.

“This defendant broke the most fundamental social contract, and she did it to benefit herself. For financial gain, she committed the crime. A defendant who would kill her own children would kill anyone, according to state prosecutor Rob Wood on Monday. “A life sentence without the possibility of parole is the only way society can be safeguarded against this defendant.”

My children will never have known their grandfather, uncle, or aunt. Ryan remarked on Monday, “Tylee and JJ brought so much brightness into the world. Tylee will never have the chance to start a family, get married, or pursue the job she was meant to have. JJ won’t ever be able to develop and illuminate the globe the way he did.

According to the prosecution, murders were motivated by “money, power, and sex.”

According to the prosecution, 50-year-old Vallow Daybell used her deceased brother Alex Cox, who shot and killed her fourth husband Charles Vallow, to coerce her lover-turned-fifth husband Chad Daybell into committing the crimes. Wood urged the jury to find Vallow Daybell guilty of killing her children and Tammy Daybell, arguing that the trial’s key themes were “money, power, and sex.” The odd plan of the couple, according to the prosecution, was an attempt to steal insurance and Social Security funds.

“My family lost a dear mother, sister, aunt, and daughter as a result of the decisions you made. Samantha Gwilliam, Tammy Daybell’s sister, stated in a victim impact statement on Monday that Tammy was irreplaceable. “Every day, I long for my sister. I will mourn her passing as well as that of my mother for the rest of my life. As I leave this courtroom today, I choose to never think about you again. I choose to forget you.

According to Vallow Daybell’s defense lawyer, she was a loving, protective mother whose life took a turn for the worst when she fell for Chad Daybell’s seductive ways and his end-of-the-world religious views. Should Chad Daybell, who will be prosecuted separately, be found guilty of his alleged involvement in the crimes, he could be sentenced to death. When his case will start is unknown.

Vallow Daybell stated, “I have always lamented the loss of my loved ones and I have lost many in this earthly world. But I have more knowledge than most others. I am aware of their whereabouts and activities. I am constantly homesick even though I am aware of how great heaven is. More wonderful than you can possible conceive is heaven. Although I don’t fear dying, I do look forward to it.

Vallow Daybell is “a very misunderstood person,” the defense claims

John Thomas, the defense’s attorney, claimed on Monday that Vallow Daybell “is a very misunderstood person” whose “motto is love is the key.”

Thomas remarked, “We grieve with the victims in this case. “There is a lot of hurt surrounding this case, and sometimes that hurt shows up as hate. I believe Lori Daybell is presently the most despised person in America and possibly the entire planet. But that hatred will never provide the victims with closure, and hatred will never bring about the healing that people affected by this tragedy need.

Vallow Daybell told her friends that her kids were “zombies” and that she was a goddess sent to bring about the end of the world as prophesied in the bible.

Vallow Daybell discusses death and rebirth

Vallow Daybell said she passed away giving birth to Ryan in 2002 and visited heaven before being brought back to life by medical professionals during her testimony to the court on Monday. This gives her, according to her, “access to heaven and the spirit world.”

She continued by saying that she can speak with those in heaven, including Tammy Daybell and her children. The victims, according to Vallow Daybell, have communicated with her from heaven and informed her that they “are happy and busy in the spirit world.”

Boyce once talked about her purportedly religious motivations.

You selected the most vile and damaging course possible, as the state was able to demonstrate at trial, he stated. You slaughtered those kids, and you made it all seem justifiable by delving down a strange religious rabbit hole, which, based on your behavior, you are still in.

‘Lori needs to pay’

Father of Tammy Daybell, Ronald Douglas, prepared an impact statement that Gwillian Monday read out in court.

Douglas stated, “Tammy’s death was unexpected and had a deep impact on all of us. “It is too early to estimate how her acts will affect the universe forever. The laws of mortals require Lori to pay for her actions. Even after she leaves this life, she will continue to obey God’s rules.

During Vallow Daybell’s trial, Rexburg police Detective Ray Hermosillo testified that her son JJ’s body had been bound with duct tape, covered in plastic, and buried under a tree in Chad Daybell’s garden. Tylee’s body had been burned and destroyed; a pile of blood and tissue had been placed in a partially melted plastic bucket and buried in the Daybell family’s “pet cemetery,” a section of the backyard, Hermosillo claimed.

According to many of Vallow Daybell’s detractors, if found guilty of the same crimes as Chad Daybell, she should have been subject to the death penalty, said John Delatorre, a forensic and catastrophe psychologist who has been following the case from the beginning. Judge Boyce earlier decided that Vallow Daybell shouldn’t be executed if found guilty.

Delatorre stated, “I believe the majority of people are slightly disappointed that the death penalty was abolished.

At the sentencing hearing on Monday, Thomas, Vallow Daybell’s attorney, declared that eliminating the death sentence option is “a win for all humanity.”

There are more murder charges against Lori Vallow Daybell

In Arizona, Vallow Daybell is also charged with further offenses relating to killings and attempted murders that authorities claim she assisted in planning in 2019.

Vallow Daybell was charged with conspiring to murder Brandon Boudreaux, the husband of her niece, in May. This comes after she was charged separately in 2021 with planning to murder Charles Vallow, JJ’s father and her fourth spouse.

Grandmother of JJ Kay Woodcock stated in a victim impact statement that Monday “marks 1,481 days that have been filled with terror” starting from the passing of her brother Charles Vallow.

According to Woodcock, “This was the start of her heinous campaign of terror, a campaign that claimed the lives of JJ and Tylee, two innocent children, and Tammy, a loving mother, grandmother, and wife.” JJ and Tylee could have been here, living wonderful lives with us. Instead, she removed everything because she is a power-hungry, avaricious monster who only cares about her wallet.