:: Jury Gives S.D. Deaf Woman Life Prison Sentence (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul) ::

Jury Gives S.D. Deaf Woman Life Prison Sentence (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)

(AP) Sioux Falls, S.D. Jurors have spared a deaf woman’s life and instead sentenced her to prison for life without parole for killing an acquaintance and cutting up her body with a chain saw.

The same jurors convicted 43-year-old Daphne Wright last week of kidnapping and murdering 42-year-old Darlene VanderGiesen, another deaf woman.

After about eight hours of deliberation, they found that Wright had the depravity of mind required by law to make the murder worthy of capital punishment.

However, all 12 decided that she should not be executed by lethal injection for it.

The verdict means Wright will spend the rest of her life at the women’s prison in Pierre, S.D.

Prosecutors say Wright was jealous of the friendship VanderGiesen had with Wright’s former female lover and it led her to kill VanderGiesen and cut, burn and dismember the body.

Wright smiled after the verdict was read.

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