September 3, 2010
Posted: 04:05 PM ET
(CNN) – A Florida judge sentenced Rachel Wade, the 20-year-old woman convicted of second-degree murder for fatally stabbing her romantic rival in a fight last year, to 27 years in prison Friday.
While acknowledging there are mitigating factors, primarily Wade's youth and lack of criminal past, the judge in the case said Wade's actions were not "unaggravating." "The murder was no accident," Judge Joseph Bulone said.
Wade went to trial in July, accused of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Sarah Ludemann. The two women, only teenagers at the time, had fought for months via voicemails, text messages and MySpace postings over their relationship with the same man, Joshua Camacho. The feud culminated in a fatal confrontation in the early morning hours of April 15, 2009.
After a three-day trial and only two and a half hours of deliberation, a jury of five men and one woman convicted Wade of second-degree murder. Wade had claimed self-defense and hoped for an acquittal or no more than a manslaughter conviction.
A life sentence was recommended by Florida prosecutors. The defense had recommended 15 years, followed by 15 years of probation.
"In Session" correspondent Beth Karas from the truTV network spoke to Wade days before her sentencing. "I think about it every day, regardless if they give me five years or 20 years more than they could give me," Wade said. "I never meant to do it, and I'm still gonna have to live with it, no matter if I'm home or if I'm in prison."
– In Session Correspondent Beth Karas contributed to this report.
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