Woman gets 100 years for cutting fetus out of stranger’s womb
She met the woman by luring her online with an ad for free maternity clothes.
A Boulder County District Court judge handed down the sentence for Dynel Lane, 35, for the grisly 2015 attack, which renewed a national debate over whether a fetus is a person and if termination of a pregnancy can ever be considered murder.
Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, survived the attack in the town of Longmont, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Denver. But her unborn baby died.
A coroner concluded the fetus did not take a breath outside the womb, so under Colorado law Lane could not be charged with murder.
“I believe you’ve lost the privilege to live in our society,” Wilkins, who had named her unborn child Aurora, told Lane at Friday’s sentencing hearing.