Amber Pasztor sentenced to 130 years for smothering children to death

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The Fort Wayne mom who admitted to fatally smothering her two children has been sentenced to 130 years in prison for those killings.

Amber Pasztor, 30, was sentenced Thursday in Elkhart County for the deaths of 7-year-old Lilliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor.

She already pleaded guilty but mentally ill to  the two murder counts in a plea agreement calling for a 130-year sentence.

Pasztor abducted her children Sept. 26 from their custodial grandparents’ home, prompting an Amber Alert. Their bodies were found the same day inside a stolen car parked behind the Elkhart Police Department, about 70 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

Pasztor is also charged in the September shooting death of a former neighbor, 66-year-old Frank Macomber. Her children’s bodies were found inside his stolen car.

Jeff Bowman with ABC 21 reports that Pasztor “sat stone-faced” with her attorney throughout the sentencing. Her attorney said that Pasztor accepts full responsibility for her actions, blaming them on her mental illness and use of synthetic marijuana.

Pasztor said simply “I’m sorry” when asked if she had anything to say.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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