Pennsylvania bride jailed for life after killing her groom just hours before weddingBy Mason White 5:29 AM July 17, 2013
|Na Cola Darcel Franklin and Billy Brewster|
By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of killing her groom just hours before their wedding ceremony, according to court proceedings in Pennsylvania.
Now, the woman is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Whitehall Township woman said at sentencing that she still loves her groom, and that she killed him by accident.
Na Cola Darcel Franklin said she had no intention of killing 36-year-old Billy Brewster when she stabbed him in their Whitehall Township apartment.
Franklin told Brewster’s mother, Barbara Obas: “Barbara, I had no intention of killing him. I did not. I love him. I still love him. I love him more than myself.”
Obas said that her son had a lot of plans. He planned to marry Franklin, search for a gang-free school for their children, and search for a better job to support his new family.
“You killed him because you could. You took advantage of him. You showed no concern for the father of your son,” Obas said.
Franklin and Brewster each had children from previous relationships, and they had a child together. The children were present the night of the stabbing.
“A mother killed a dad with children watching,” Obas said.
Franklin already knew she was facing life in prison. She went to trial after rejecting a deal that would have sent her to prison for 13 to 40 years in exchange for pleading guilty to third-degree murder.
Franklin was convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing Brewster in the chest and stomach hours before their wedding. Convictions for murder in the first degree is punishable by a mandatory life sentence without parole in Pennsylvania.
Franklin claimed that Brewster came home drunk from an impromptu bachelor party and hit her before trying to take the baby. The former kindergarten teacher, said she grabbed a knife and attacked Brewster to prevent him from driving away with her son.
Defense attorney John Waldron said today that Franklin plans to appeal the conviction. Waldron said his client was mentally and physically exhausted the night of the attack and was really surprised when she learned that Brewster had died.
“I am not a criminal. I’m not a murderer. It was an accident. It was not intentional. If I could go back, I would. I wish I could take it back,” Franklin said.