Gonzalo Curiel was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Pamela Butler in a case where two children dead bodies were found in a storage unit in the year 2015. He was separately awarded a life sentence for torturing the sister of the dead children. The children, all three of them were in care of Curiel and Tami Huntsman, his partner.
However, the prosecutor Steve Somers says that the California law allows Curiel to seek a parole, 25 years later in 2040 as he committed the crime when he was a minor. “We’re going to put together a packet so that whoever succeeds me, because I won’t be here, will go in there armed with the full force of this case so that some parole board will understand that this is not a human being who should ever walk free,” Somers said.
Curiel was declared guilty by a jury for murdering two children- Shaun Tara, 7 and Delylah Tara, 3 and also abusing their sister, Jane Doe. He was additionally found guilty for three counts of torture in the month of April.
The judge says that even after considering the fact that Curiel was a minor when he committed the crime, there is no evidence supporting the fact that he was a victim of Huntsman, his partner in crime who is 22 years older to him.
“You were the catalyst that caused this entire situation to become so horrific and there’s no other way for someone to assess these facts and come to a different conclusion,” the judge said.
“The reason I say that is because the conduct you engaged in, the only just sentence is that you spend the rest of your life in state prison,” she added. “That is justice. Nothing short of that would be just for the death and the torture of those three children.”
Jane Doe, the survivor of the torture, who is now 12 years old gave a testimony to the ill behavior of Curiel. Jane said that she and her siblings were tortured, tied to beds, chairs, locked in cement bathrooms, choked, kicked with belt and other object, punched, and left naked for hours or at times for days.
In a letter written by Jane earlier, she said that the torture she went through was horrible but somehow she was ready to forgive Curiel and Huntsman.
“I would like to inform that it was very sad for me to hear that my siblings, Shaun and Delylah, have passed away,” she wrote. “Especially when I was in the hospital, which was not good news for me to hear.”
The police arrested Curiel and Huntsman on December 2015 in Quincy. They were charged with child abuse and torture. After the bodies of Shaun and Delylah were found in a public storage near me, Curiel and Huntsman were also charged with murder.
Curiel’s attorney, Arthur Dudley has filed for a notice for appeal.
“The notice of appeal is just a standard thing that every attorney has to do or he’ll get sued for not having done it,” Somers said. “I expect he’ll appeal. … I feel very strongly that this case was never in doubt and there’s not any issues.”