Lindsey Lowe apologizes at sentencing hearing - WSMV Channel 4

Lindsey Lowe apologizes at sentencing hearing

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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV-AP) -

A Hendersonville woman convicted last month of killing her newborn twins apologized for her actions during a sentencing hearing Friday.

Lindsey Lowe was found guilty March 19 on two counts each of first-degree murder, first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse.

She automatically began serving a 51-year life sentence for the murder charges after her conviction, but Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay finalized her sentence Friday on the lesser charges.

Lowe spoke at the hearing and said, "I would like to take this opportunity to express to everyone how sorry I am for everything ... I can not explain why I put my babies in a laundry basket, nor can I articulate what was going through my mind at the time. I can only say that I am sorry."

Her sons died after they were born in September 2011 at her family's Sumner County home.

Friends and family testified at the hearing that Lowe was a loving friend and daughter who had always been helpful and dependable. Friend Liz Key, who grew up with Lowe, said she would trust the 26-year-old with her life.

Gay said he found Lowe to be untruthful and selfish.

Lowe was ordered to serve 25 years concurrently on the aggravated child abuse convictions in the hearing.

"Just think about this picture," Gay said. "Birth to a toilet bowl and an entire lifetime spent in the commode. A life of less than five minutes. A life that desires to be loved and nurtured. Not desiring to be smothered."

Her father held back tears as he directly addressed his first-born daughter.

"Lindsey, I want to say that we love you. And our love for you is never going to change. Nobody can take that away from us," Mark Lowe said. "My love for you will never, never, never change."

Prosecutors reminded the judge the case was about more than just Lindsey Lowe. It was more so about her newborns, who died at their mother's hands - a terrible mistake the young woman now promises she regrets.

"I have caused untold grief and sorrow for everyone I love and for all who love me. For that, words can never express the depths of my regret and sorrow," Lindsey Lowe said.

The judge decided all of Lowe's sentences will run concurrently, so she will not become eligible for parole until she turns 77 years old.

Her defense team has already begun the work on her appeal.

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