MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (CBSDC) — Convicted Lululemon killer Brittany Norwood was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.
A Montgomery County judge handed down the sentence after hearing nearly two hours of passionate and painful testimony from Jayna Murray’s family.
Their collective message was one of lives now filled with hatred and disgust.
“I hate the pain that she went through,” said Army Capt. Hugh Murray, the victim’s brother. “I hate the person that inflicted it.”
Capt. Murray said rather than checking his young son’s room for monsters, he checks for Brittany Norwood.
Murray’s father asked the judge to never make his family face a parole hearing for his daughter’s killer. Her mother compared the grief of losing a daughter to a lightning strike–painful and intense.
The gravity of their words was not lost.
Before handing down the sentence, Judge Robert A. Greenberg firmly addressed Norwood, stating that she was devious and in control at the time she mutilated the victim.
He told Norwood her actions terrorized an entire community.
Norwood’s family and friends wrote letters to the judge prior to Friday’s sentencing.
In the letters, they pleaded with the judge to leave open the possibility of parole — even if the opportunity came many, many years in the future.
Murray’s family wrote letters of their own.
“I relive aspects of that horrific crime at least four nights a week,” Murray’s mother wrote. “The brutality is inconceivable. This individual MUST be removed from society forever. LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE is my request.”
Norwood originally told police masked burglars killed Murray after raping both women. However, forensic evidence would later indicate it was she who killed her co-worker by stabbing her more than 330 times.