Julie Corey, a 23-year-old woman was found guilty on last week for murder and stealing her unborn child in 2009, was sentenced life in prison today.
A Worcester Superior Court jury found within a two week trial period that Corey beat and strangled Darlene Haynes in her apartment and cut the baby from her womb. Haynes was eight months pregnant at the time.
Prosecutors said, “Corey, 39, and her boyfriend were found with the baby a few days later at a homeless shelter in New Hampshire. Corey had told friends and relatives the child was hers.”
Corey received a mandatory sentence to life without parole after statements from several of her relatives. Joann Haynes, who is the victim’s mother, said “the day she learned Haynes had been killed will forever haunt me. Not a day goes by that I do not think about her. My life will never be the same without her.”
Joann Haynes is raising Darlene Haynes two oldest children. She went on to say that there are no words to explain the hurt we are all going through. She wrote, “all these poor children know that their mother is now in heaven. What was once a happy family is now a family with pain and sadness.”
Sandra Grandmaison, Darlene Haynes’s aunt said, “it’s been over four years and it’s not getting any easier. Life with no parole would not bring Darlene back, but justice will have been served.”
The DNA evidence and a fingerprint on a liquor bottle tide Corey to the scene of the crime. The DNA proved the baby girl belonged to Haynes.
District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement after the verdict last week, “it’s probably the most horrific case this office has ever seen in terms of facts. This woman was killed for her baby.”