BREAKING: Family of Teresa Sievers cries as Judge Bruce Kyle sentences Mark Sievers to death. pic.twitter.com/7HWvB1DDFb— JessicaAlpern (@JessicaAlpernTV) January 3, 2020
Judge Kyle says he judges people on their actions, and not their souls. He says that is for someone else to judge.— Sandra Rodriguez (@SandraR_media) January 3, 2020
#BREAKING: Judge Kyle has sentenced Mark Sievers to death.— Sandra Rodriguez (@SandraR_media) January 3, 2020
A judge is moments away from deciding whether or not Mark Sievers will in fact get the death penalty or life sentence. Court is currently in recess. Today’s hearing is what’s called a Spencer Hearing. A jury already recommended the death penalty after finding Mark Sievers guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy for orchestrating the death of his wife Dr. Teresa Sievers.
Mark Sievers gave a statement minutes ago and Judge Bruce Kyle said that a decision will be made today.
Earlier in court, the judge asked the state to clarify if the family of Dr. Teresa Sievers is for the death penalty. After speaking briefly in the courtroom, the family said its position is that the sentence be left up to the court, so they do not have a position.
NOW: Mark Sievers smiles as he returns back to the court room. pic.twitter.com/Vd9puWHWia— JessicaAlpern (@JessicaAlpernTV) January 3, 2020
We are on a brief recess before Judge Kyle issues his sentence.— Sandra Rodriguez (@SandraR_media) January 3, 2020
Judge Kyle says he needs a few minutes to collect his thoughts.
Sievers’ attorney says Mark Sievers had no prior criminal record.— Sandra Rodriguez (@SandraR_media) January 3, 2020
Defense says jury said they found not mitigating factors but this is one.