Mother gets 175 years in sons' execution deaths

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2007

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for the shooting deaths of her three teenage sons.

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Cynthia Lord, 45, was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Philip Volland. Lord was convicted in May on three counts of first-degree murder for the March 2004 deaths, but declared to be mentally ill.

Lord told police she believed her sons - Joey, Michael and Christopher Woods, ages 16, 18 and 19 - were possessed of evil.

Volland gave Lord 85 years in prison on each count but the terms will run partly concurrently for a total of 175 years.

At her sentencing, Lord wore the yellow garb of the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center where she has been held in a unit for the mentally ill. She was still and mostly silent during the sentencing hearing.

When Volland asked if she wished to speak, she said, "No, your honor," in a barely audible voice.

Lord shot her sons on March 16, 2004, over an 11-hour span, according to authorities. In a videotaped confession, Lord said she recoiled from shooting her oldest son, Christopher, in the face as he slept, so she waited until he woke. She shot him in the back of the head as he played video games, authorities said.

Lord had already killed Michael as he lay on the couch at 2:30 a.m.

Hours later, Lord woke Joey, sending him to school as Michael's body lay on the couch covered with a blanket, authorities said. After Joey returned, Lord waited until he was occupied on the computer before shooting him in the head, according to authorities.

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