Couple in Craigslist Slaying Sentenced to Life
By Peter Jackson | Associated Press
A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate.
Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim's relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murder.
"Even if they each serve 50 years, they still will not feel any guilt or sympathy," said Holly LaFerrara, the victim's sister. "They completely lack empathy. They have no conscience, no remorse and no moral compass.
"They lack the most basic element of humanity," she said. "These are two fundamentally flawed people who are rotten to the core."
Elytte Barbour read a written apology in court but said he could not explain his participating in what he acknowledged was "a senseless crime."
"It is not the person who I am," he said. "It's not the person I want to be."
Miranda Barbour didn't address the judge.
The couple pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence, in a plea deal that ruled out the death penalty.
They were married in North Carolina and moved to central Pennsylvania about three weeks before they met up with the victim, Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, when he responded to an ad offering female companionship.
On the day LaFerrara was killed, Miranda Barbour picked him up a mall in Selinsgrove and drove to Sunbury while Elytte hid on the back seat under a blanket. Once they parked, Elytte Barbour emerged from his hiding place and held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck while his petite wife stabbed the 6-foot-2, 278-pound man about 20 times. They dumped his body in an alley.
Miranda Barbour initially denied knowing LaFerrara, but changed her story when police obtained records showing that the last call to his cellphone came from hers, authorities said.
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