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Palmdale Abuse Case Leads to Death Sentence

Palmdale Abuse Case Leads to Death Sentence
Isauro Aguirre listens as he is sentenced to death in the Palmdale abuse case. (KTLA via AP, Pool)

By    |   Friday, 08 June 2018 10:59 AM

The Palmdale abuse case that gripped the nation in 2013 may be reaching its end as mother and father convicted of killing of their eight-year-old son were sentenced on Thursday.

Pearl Fernandez, 34, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole while her boyfriend, 37-year-old Isauro Aguirre was sentenced to death, ABC7 reported.

When handing down the sentences, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli said their "conduct was horrendous, inhumane and nothing short of evil."

Lomeli was referring to previous accusations that the couple had abused, tortured and eventually killed their son Gabriel Fernandez on the premise that he was gay.

The judge said that the boy endured being beaten, starved, tied, shot with a BB gun and locked in a cabinet, USA Today reported.

At one point, Gabriel Fernandez's teeth were knocked out with a bat, the judge said.

It was his mother Pearl Fernandez who made the call to 911 on May 22, 2013, to report that her son was not breathing.

At the time she told responding officers that he had fallen and hit his head on a dresser but after his death two days later, the coroner's office found that his death was caused by blunt-force trauma and neglect.

Lomeli said it was the worst case of abuse he had seen in nearly 20 years on the bench and he hoped the defendants would be plagued by their actions, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"I hope you think about the pain you caused this child and that it tortures you," Lomeli said.

At her sentencing hearing, Fernandez read an apology letter she had written.

"I want to say I'm sorry for what happened," she said, according to ABC7. "I wish Gabriel was alive. Every day I wish that I'd made better choices. I'm sorry to my children, and I want them to know that I love them."

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The Palmdale abuse case that gripped the nation in 2013 may be reaching its end as mother and father convicted of killing of their eight-year-old son were sentenced on Thursday.
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