Prosecutor seeking life without parole for Amber Pasztor
The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office will seek a sentence of life without parole if Amber Pasztor is convicted of murdering her children, Prosecutor Curtis T. Hill Jr announced Thursday.
Pasztor is accused of suffocating 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor on September 26.
Under Indiana law, a prosecuting attorney can seek an enhanced sentence of life without parole if the murder victim was less than 12 years old or if there is evidence the accused committed an additional murder.
Pasztor is accused of killing two children under the age of 12.
“Indiana law provides that murders alleged to have occurred under certain circumstances are particularly heinous and therefore subject to harsher penalty considerations. We have alleged that this ‘mother’ murdered her two children, both of whom were under the age of twelve (12) years, one after the other, here in Elkhart County. In this circumstance, a sanction of life without parole for the murder of these two children is an appropriate consideration given the gravity of this horrible crime”, Hill said in a press release.
Pasztor was arrested on September 26 after she allegedly abducted her children from their grandfather's home just outside Fort Wayne.