Life sentence for cut-from-womb killer

Julie Corey stands in Worcester, Mass., Superior Court Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014, before a jury declared her guilty of the 2009 murder of Darlene Haynes. She was convicted of killing her pregnant friend three months after her own miscarriage and then cutting the baby from her womb and passing the child off as her daughter. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Rick Cinclair, Pool)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman convicted of killing her pregnant friend and stealing her unborn baby has been sentenced to life in prison.

Julie Corey was sentenced Tuesday to the mandatory term of life without the possibility of parole after being found guilty last week of first-degree murder by a Worcester Superior Court jury.

Corey was convicted of the July 2009 killing of 23-year-old Darlene Haynes. Haynes’ body was discovered in her apartment and investigators later discovered her unborn child was missing.

Corey and her boyfriend were found with the baby days later at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H.

Several people, including Haynes’ father, who held his daughter’s ashes, read victim impact statements.

Corey’s lawyers argued that police failed to follow up on leads that could have implicated other potential suspects.

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