According to court documents, 38-year-old Veronica will most probably spend the rest of her life in prison for shooting and killing her two daughters while they were sleeping after she gave them sleeping pill gummies to make sure the girls wouldn’t get up in the middle of the night. The 15-year-old Sharon and her 5-year-old sister Brooklynn died as a result of gunshot injuries in the head, chest, and back. The mother shot them dead only because she wanted to hurt her former husband.
According to investigators, Veronica, who was living with the girls after divorcing her former husband Ron, bought a gun with the intention to use it on the girls several days before the incident took place in 2018. Before shooting her underage children, Veronica gave them sleeping pill gums to make sure they wouldn’t wake up. Brooklynn died as a result of the injuries immediately, while Sharon sustained serious chest and back injuries but was still able to notify authorities by calling 911. When first responders arrived at the scene, she was still alive but was pronounced dead shortly after she was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
During the several-year-long process, prosecutors were able to prove that Veronica killed her daughters in her Va. residence only because she wanted to hurt her former husband, whom she divorced prior to the incident. Veronica had backed out of a divorce agreement to move the family out of state. Ron was moving to another state, and he wanted to take Brooklynn with him. He was obviously devastated by what the mother of his children did and publicly requested a life in prison for Veronica during the court process.
Prosecutors described the mother as spiteful, selfish, vengeful, and calculated. The woman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Her attorney noted that Veronica’s love for her daughters was “undeniable, citing the trauma she had suffered as a child that led to the incident. Per the attorney, the woman had a tough past and a history of abbuse and mistreatment by family relatives and was forced to work since she was 16 to support her family and younger sister.
During the sentencing hearing that took place earlier this month, Veronica told the judge that “she has been a good mother”, until something unexplainable in her head happened, comparing the feeling to an “explosion”.
The judge sentenced Veronica to 78 years behind bars, following the jury’s recommendation. Even though the judge wanted to increase the sentence, he was not able to do it because the law doesn’t allow it.