Statement by Julie Schenecker before she was sentenced:
Your honor, I’m prepared. I accept your sentence. I apologize to everybody in this courtroom who have broken, their lives I have destroyed. I hope they can collect themselves as best as possible. All of us. And not just this courtroom, anybody who knew our family, Calyx and Beau, our children’s friends, teachers, coaches, our relatives, cousins, aunts, grandparents, uncles, nieces, nephews. Everyone has been so deeply affected. And I understand there are people who are affected who may have just read about this in the paper. A child looked at their mommy and said, “Are you ever going to shoot me?” I know that this could have happened.
And I apologize for what happened, what I did. I take responsibility. I was there. I know. I know I shot my son and daughter. I don’t know why but have a time to try to understand it. Your honor, the judicial system of the United States is the best in the world. We don’t lash our women 125 times for driving when they’re not supposed to drive. I’m proud to stand here in front of you - as I understand you might be part of services as well - and to serve my country. And I proudly stand the first code of conduct as a soldier. In ‘83, I said,” I am an American fighting man serving in the forces which protect my country and our way of life, and I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” I said that proudly – it changed. We’re no longer fighting men. We’re fighting in the forces which protect our country.
I trust and I believe in you, what you’ve done. You run a great court. I have no experience, but from what I’ve seen you run a controlled court tremendously well. I thank my attorneys who have supported me. And I trusted them and they worked so well and all those people behind me on my team putting many, many hours on this case. I will never be able to repay these people. I have no way to repay them, but to say thank you. So thank you to the American judicial system. I am not playing, your honor. That is heartfelt.
I have one more – I know our children are in heaven. I want people to try to find comfort in believing, as I do, that they are in no pain and they are alive and enjoying everything and anything heaven has to offer, Jesus protecting them and keeping them safe until we get there, their loved ones, all of us, to join them. That’s all, your honor. I appreciate you letting me speak.