A woman from Arizona, who admitted guilt for murdering her 6-year-old son through starvation, has been given a life sentence in prison without the chance of parole.
Life Sentence Without Parole for The Mother from Arizona for the Death of Her Son
Elizabeth Archibeque of Arizona recieves a life sentene without parole after she admitted to starving to death her 6-year-old son. At the sentencing hearing on Thursday, witnesses gave horrifying tales of the horrific conditions in which the young boy and his brother have imprisoned a small closet where they were refused food and which reeked strongly of urine.
On Thursday during the trial, Elizabeth Archibeque, then 29 years old, gave a brief statement in which she admitted guilt and expressed regret for her son’s murder. She acknowledged blaming herself and was ready to accept any punishment the court might hand out.
Despite Elizabeth Archibeque’s lawyer requesting the inclusion of a possibility of parole after 35 years, Coconino Superior Court Judge Ted Reed denied the request. The judge acknowledged that Archibeque had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse in the 2020 death of Deshaun Martinez and that her expression of remorse was sincere. However, he emphasized that her actions were “heinous, cruel, and depraved,” leading to a life sentence without the possibility of parole, stating, “You will spend the rest of your natural life in prison.”
Starved 6-Year-Old Son to Death
According to NBC News, the autopsy results revealed that Deshaun Martinez, who had an alarmingly low weight of only 18 pounds, died due to severe starvation. Ann Martinez called 911 on March 2, 2020, after finding him unresponsive, expressing her belief that her grandson had passed away. The investigation subsequently classified the manner of death as a homicide.
Initially, the boy’s parents claimed his malnourishment was due to a medical condition and ingesting diet or caffeine pills, but later confessed to police that they confined him and his older brother in a closet for 16 hours daily and provided them with minimal food. The brother survived, and their confinement was a consequence of stealing food while the parents slept. In the same apartment where they all lived, their two sisters, aged 4 and 2, were found in good health.
Archibeque, along with the boy’s father, Anthony Martinez, and grandmother, Ann Martinez, faced charges related to murder and child abuse. While Archibeque pleaded guilty, Anthony and Ann Martinez pleaded not guilty and are being tried separately. During the trial, a police detective testified that the case was the most horrifying she had ever encountered.