Evrard case: Jamie Taylor life in prison, Jasmine Taylor 18 years

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Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall
Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

UPDATE(3/7/14):

In the sentencing today, Jamie Taylor gets life in prison and Jasmine Taylor is awarded 18 years and must serve 85% of that sentence.

Will Kautz, Jasmine's attorney originally asked for a continuance because he said Jasmine refused to work with probation and parole.

Judge Clymer denied the continuance.

Judge Clymer said that both Jamie and Jasmine's actions were senseless, stating that this was "the biggest tragedy of my career".

Original Story:

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.  - The final person charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Casondra Evrard has entered a plea.

25 year-old Jasmine Taylor entered an alford plea to a first-degree manslaughter charge. This means she does not have to admit guilt, but knows there's enough evidence for a conviction at trial.

Six other people involved in the kidnapping and death of Evrard have pleaded guilty. Investigators say Mark, Jamie, and Jasmine Taylor lured the 21 year-old to their home to beat, torture, and kill her. Evrard's mother says even though time has passed, it hasn't healed her broken heart.

A tree covered in love, a pink cross to remember her name and memories left to pass the time are all in remembrance of Casondra Evrard. Carla Cruse, her mother, said that each day since her daughter's death gets harder.

"I don't know if I will ever have closure, I don't know if I will ever get any answers, all I know is I don't have my daughter anymore," Cruse said.

Cruse says she doesn't know if she will ever find it in her heart to forgive the people that killed her daughter. She also said she is thankful that it is coming to end as far as court goes, but even time hasn't made things easier.

Taylor will be sentenced on March 7th. The sentencing for her mother, Jamie, is also on the same day.

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