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Lindsey Lowe Apologizes During Sentencing Hearing

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by Adam Ghassemi

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Convicted murderer Lindsey Lowe apologized during her sentencing hearing Friday on aggravated child abuse charges. Lowe faces a minimum of 51 years in prison.

Lowe was convicted last month of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. The murder charges carry automatic life sentences.

At a Friday hearing in Gallatin, Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay sentenced Lowe to the maximum 25 years on the aggravated child abuse charges. However, Gay ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

"You smothered the life out of them and at the time you knew right from wrong," Gay said. "For five minutes of life in this world these precious babies were the beneficiaries of exceptional cruelty by their mother."

The 26-year-old took the stand Friday, wearing a blue prison uniform, and tearfully read a written statement to the court. She apologized "for everything" and said "words can never express the depths of my regrets and sorrow."

Evidence shows infants Mark Alvin Michael Lowe and Paul Duvoll Tate Lowe only lived five minutes after birth. Each baby boy died of suffocation, yet autopsies found them to each otherwise be healthy.

"Though I don't fully understand everything that transpired on September 12, 2011, and the months that preceded that, I know that I'm responsible for my actions," Lowe told the courtroom. "I cannot explain why I put my babies in a laundry basket, nor can I articulate what was going through my mind at the time. I can only say that I am sorry."

She went on to say that she went the babies' funeral, and had visited their graves several times. She said she let the babies, her family, and all those who loved her down.

Friends and family also testified at the hearing that Lowe was a loving friend and daughter who had always been helpful and dependable. Friend Liz Key, who grew up with Lowe, said she would trust the 26-year-old with her life.

Her father, Mark Lowe, also had an emotional statement for his daughter.

"Lindsey I want to say that we love you and our love for you is never going to change," Mark Lowe said before the court. "Nobody can take that away from us. You're special and we're grateful for you. And my love for you will never ever, ever change."

Gay said he found Lowe to be untruthful and selfish.

Police said Lowe killed her newborn twins right after birth and then placed their bodies in a laundry basket in her room at her family's home in Hendersonville. Her mother found one of the babies two days later, and her father called police.

Lowe is being held at the maximum security Tennessee Prison for Women on Stewarts Lane in the Bordeaux area. The Tennessee Prison for Women is the state's primary corrections facility for women convicted in felony cases.

Lowe's Attorney John Pellegrin said Friday they are already planning to file for an appeal.

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