Judge speaks out at Marissa Devault sentencing

PHOENIX - Judge Roland Steinle has been seated at the head of the courtroom for months, listening to the graphic testimony about how Marissa Devault murdered her husband with a hammer. 

On Friday, the Arizona woman was sentenced to life in prison for the killing.

The jury called the crime cruel and unusual.

“One need only to look at the photographs of the room to understand that finding, if anything, was understated,” Steinle said.

For the first time, at Devault’s sentencing, Steinle told the convicted killer what he really thinks.

"She's manipulative. She will continue to be manipulative,” he said.

And the judge gave his opinion about her defense. Devault claimed she was in an abusive marriage.

"There are truly women in this world that suffer from abusive relationships, are trapped in abusive relationships. And the facts of this case absolutely are not even close to what people suffer on a day to day basis,” he said.

Steinle also said Devault’s three daughters played an integral part in her sentence when they testified on her behalf.

"It's because of these three young girls that their mother probably didn't get a death sentence," he said.

Devault will live, but she’ll never be free again. Steinle said under the circumstances, it was a clear decision.

"The circumstances of this crime are so horrific and in my view were done out of nothing more than greed.  According to the court she's sentenced to life without the possibility of parole," he said

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