Prosecutors seek 126-year sentence for woman guilty of cutting baby from womb

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Prosecutors Seek Maximum Sentence for Woman Convicted of Cutting Baby from Womb

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) -- Boulder County prosecutors are seeking a 126-year prison sentence for the woman who faked her pregnancy, then attacked a pregnant Longmont woman, cutting the unborn baby from her womb.

Dynel Lane was found guilty in February of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. She will be sentenced Friday.

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"The People suggest that the court should fashion a sentence that is appropriate for a crime 'spree' rather than one criminal act and the sentences should be imposed consecutively to reflect the complexity of the case and the cruel manner in which the crimes were committed," the Boulder County District Attorney's Office said in a court filing.

"Every one of the eight separate felonies was violent and carried out by the Defendant without mercy or concern for the victims."

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Prosecutors seek 126-year sentence for woman guilty of cutting baby from womb
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins speaks candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Mark and Wendy Wilkins, the parents of Michelle Wilkins, talk about the guilty verdict in the trail and their daughter Michelle Wilkins inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins speaks candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Mark and Wendy Wilkins, left, parents of Michelle Wilkins, and Beth Kemper, right, a 911 dispatcher for the City of Longmont, listen to Michelle Wilkins speak candidly about the attack on her almost a year ago, losing her unborn child and the emotional trial to members of the press inside the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins, right, looks happy as she walks out of the Boulder County Courthouse accompanied by Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett, left and chief deputy district attorney Catrina Weigel, middle, to address the media in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. A jury reached a verdict finding Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Wilkins, right, with her father Mark Wilkins, left, by her side, speaks to members of the media outside of the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder, Colorado on February 23, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado. After two days of deliberations a jury found Dynel Lane guilty on all counts including attempt to commit first degree murder. Deliberations began on Monday in the case where Dynel Lane attacked Wilkins and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FILE - In this undated file photo, provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that Lane will not be charged with murder in the baby's death. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department, File)
The Wilkins' family spokesman Michael Perini reads a family statement to members of the media following a preliminary hearing for her client Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb, at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A police offer enters the courtroom before a preliminary hearing for Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Defense attorney Kathryn Herold enters the courtroom before a preliminary hearing for her client Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., who is accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb, at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
LONGMONT, CO - MARCH 22: Teagan Reiff, 4 (front), holds a candle as his brother Beckett, 7, is held by their mother, Julie, as they observe a five-minute moment of silence for stabbing victim Michelle Wilkins and her unborn baby who died as a result. A vigil was held for the baby of Michelle Wilkins, who was stabbed and had her fetus removed when she replied to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
An anti-abortion protester shouts to passersby following a news conference by Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who discussed the case of Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting a baby from an expectant motherâs belly, at Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Friday, March 27, 2015. Lane was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
BOULDER, CO - MARCH 27: Seven-month-old Owen Korejwo kisses his mom's arm, Katie Korejwo, as she listens to Boulder District Attorney, Stan Garnett, during a press conference at the Boulder County Justice Center regarding the criminal charges filed in the Dynel Lane case, March 27, 2015. Korejwo, who is a right for life supporter from Arvada, came to Boulder to show her disappointment that the Boulder DA did not file murder charges in this case in which a pregnant woman was attacked and her unborn child removed from the womb. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LONGMONT, CO - MARCH 22: A woman observes a five-minute moment of silence in honor of stabbing Victim Michelle Wilkins and her unborn child who died as a result. A vigil was held for the baby of Michelle Wilkins, who was stabbed and had her fetus removed when she replied to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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On March 18, 2015, Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant at the time, went to Lane's home after responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes in a ghastly case that shocked many in Colorado and across the country.

Wilkins recounted the attack in testimony during the trial. Lane hit Wilkins over the head with a lava lamp and stabbed Wilkins in the neck with the broken glass. Lane then cut Wilkins' abdomen, taking the unborn baby and leaving Wilkins for dead.

The baby, later named Aurora, did not survive outside the womb. Lane was not charged with murder in the baby's death because of Colorado law.

During the trial, the prosecution played a taped interview as Lane was questioned by detectives from the Longmont Police Department. Lane told investigators that it was Wilkins who had a knife and tried to stab her.

Lane showed little emotion during the trial. But when prosecutors played the recording, she cried. Lane did not testify and the defense rested without calling any witnesses.

Defense attorneys had argued the attack was made impulsively and that it wasn't planned, and that she should be held accountable for reckless manslaughter and not attempted murder. The jury disagreed.

After the guilty verdicts were read, an emotional Wilkins said she forgave Lane but said she was angry at her.

"It had just never entered my worldview that someone could be so cruel and value life so little," Wilkins said. "Many have asked me how I feel about Dynel Lane. Early on I had said I had forgiven her. It's part of who I am as a human being. ... So, no, I do not hate Dynel. But I am angry for all of the pain she has caused. The deceit and for her selfishness. And this element is hardly fathomable to me."

Lane could be sent to prison for 56 to 176 years in prison under sentencing guidelines. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who prosecuted the case, is recommending the judge sentence Lane to 48 years for attempted murder, 30 years for both counts of first-degree assault, 16 years for both counts of second-degree assault and 32 years for unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

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