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SC mother Shaquan Duley sentenced to 35 years in prison for suffocating her 2 children
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' A South Carolina mother has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing her two young sons, then putting them in her car and staging a crash into a river.
Shaquan Duley (shah-KWAHN' DOO'-lee) was sentenced Friday by Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson, who said he appreciated that Duley took responsibility but that she needed to be punished.
Duley pleaded guilty earlier this month to two charges of murder in the deaths of her sons, 2-year-old Devean and 18-month-old Ja'van.
Her attorney says the 30-year-old mother tried to kill herself the night of her sons' deaths and was depressed after her mother berated her parenting skills.
Duley made no deal with prosecutors. She faced between 30 years and life behind bars.