The jury has recommended that Natalie Keepers sentence should be 40 years in prison with no monetary fine. Her official sentencing is set for November 27, 2018.
Yesterday, a Montgomery County jury unanimously found her guilty of being an accessory before the fact for the 2016 murder of then 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The jury deliberated less than 90 minutes.
This morning Keepers, and her parents, apologized for Nicole Lovell's family.
#NATALIEKEEPERS APOLOGY: “I'm so sorry. Words can't express how sorry I am. I never intended for this to happen. I pray for your family every night. I am so sorry. I wish I could have stopped it. I never intended for this to happen. I'm so sorry.” https://t.co/cm1TLfaZDG— Rachel Lucas (@WslsRachelLucas) September 21, 2018
Judge Robert Turk told jurors that the sentence could range from 20 years to life.
Lovell's family told the jury how heartbroken they were over the loss of their little girl and showed them photos of her life before it was taken.