September 3, 2010

Love triangle killer gets 27 years in prison

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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De Lois Brandon   September 3rd, 2010 4:14 pm ET

I feel that the sentence for Rachel Wade was a just one. She will still have a life once she is released from prison. The sentencing should satisfy both parties.

Name   September 3rd, 2010 4:14 pm ET

Not enough...
a girl is killed for JEALOUSY?
and this nut gets such a light term?

jake brown   September 3rd, 2010 4:32 pm ET

obviously it was a tradgity the fact is rachel went to the scene with bad intentions and i think on that fact alone she had very little chance of catching a manslaughter charge she should have attempted a plea. maybe then she would have gotten the 15 years she asked for after all an unarmed girl was stabbed in the heart and is dead were we to beleive rachel actualy thought a unarmed teenage girl was a threat to her life i think she was only in fear of looseing the fight and had to have the advantage she was also afraid if she looses the fight she looses the boy as well. i think the sentence was fair.
jake brown in east petersburg pa.

Chanel   September 3rd, 2010 4:35 pm ET

If you @ the big picture both girs lost their lives @ an early age. where is the boy who was also a big part of whole mess?

just- ice   September 3rd, 2010 5:01 pm ET

She was guilty. i believe she baited shara over just to do what she would do and thats murder her. 27yrs is light she should have got at least 50.

suzzieq   September 3rd, 2010 5:09 pm ET

I just read the verdict I agree with the verdict finally someone got this onr right.Rachel didnt deserve life because I think that Sarah was just as much toblame as Rachel.Both girls should have realized that boy was scum now some other girls will take on where the two another stupid girls left off .Sad this had to end this way maybe Rachel will have time in prison to reflect back and learn from her mistake.Sarah cant learn anything because she is in a cold grave and I am sorry for her and her family .Pls parents try to tell your kids right from wrong and talk to them before it goes to far as in this case.I am sad for both families.Both have lost.alot .I dont like the impact statement that the youth minister read some of it was correct and some of it was wrong.God gives us second changes every day of our lives .She acted like Sarah was not to blame at all and that is not true.

margie   September 3rd, 2010 5:26 pm ET

She is a cold blooded killer and should have gotten life with out parole. I hope she has to spend all of the 27 years where she belongs in a harsh prison.

charlie   September 3rd, 2010 5:26 pm ET

well i really feel bad for both family for what has happen. rachel wade was a person who was in a lot of rage after being threaten like other in being bully and we all say things we don't mean but it just got out of hand. i see this all the time here in baltimore md when men try to get there kids for the mother and the mother go in rage cause theres the know women in volve and then the old girlfriend alway wanna fight cause the man is with someone else.the murder is wrong but i really believe that she was defending her self .

Cathy L   September 3rd, 2010 5:32 pm ET

Not nearly long enough. Perhaps people will think before they become a "friend with benefits". Doubt it though, no bounddaries in todays society., Very sad!!!

Valery, NY   September 3rd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

I did not understand why the jury did not convict Rachel on 1st degree murder, she took the knife with her to confront Sarah that to me is pre meditation hence 1st degree. I hope she spends the whole 27 years in prison, she appeared to me to be cold & uncaring, and obviously the tears she shed were for herself, she did not fool me!

Richard   September 3rd, 2010 5:52 pm ET

I saw this trial – fine, she had a problem with the other girl .. but I guess this also says don't ever try to use a weapon in Florida to defend yourself when you're outnumbered three to one.

Jeanette thompson   September 3rd, 2010 6:08 pm ET

Girls, now adays, are just as violent as boys. They carry guns and knives too. Rachel was cruising for a brusing. If not, why the knife? Or, is her defense, I did not know the gun was loaded! Unfortunately Sarah was killed with that knife. A split second in your life under the wrong circumstances will cause a lifetime of pain, as in the case of Rachael and Sarah, who no longer has a life.

KWHerron   September 3rd, 2010 6:11 pm ET

I don't feel like giving her 27 yrs. in jail was the right thing, this just let me know that ppl can do what ever they want to you and you can't defend yourself.I would still like to see them do something to the guy that started this dang mess in the first place. i feel like he should also serve some time, cause had it not been for him this poor girl would not be going to jail and the other girl would still be liviong. What are the parents doing about this low life that had there girls going after each other.

Marie Dougherty   September 3rd, 2010 6:14 pm ET

I watched the entire trial and sentencing. I did not feel sorry for Rachel Wade. I think she should have gotten life. She took a child away from her parents. I have three boys and I cannot even imagine what that would feel like. What makes is even more egregious to me is that Sarah Ludemann was an only child and now her parents will not have the comfort of their only child or the pleasure of grandchildren.

Gillian   September 3rd, 2010 6:16 pm ET

I dont agree. Why doesnt anyone mention that this wouldnt have happened if Sarah had not also argued? I know she got a death sentence...yet I feel this is also a mitigating factor. Fifteen years would have gotten the message across to Rachel and having to talk to others on avoiding this type of situation for the following fifteen years would have reminded her over and over of what happens when you act foolishly.

marilyn   September 3rd, 2010 6:20 pm ET

what did wade really expect. where were the tears when it happened? why cry now?

Helen   September 3rd, 2010 6:39 pm ET

Very very sad case. Everyone is a loser. Hope th young kids will learn from this trial. It is a shame that Camacho is not charge with something. He is the one that caused all this.
I pray that the parents of Sarah can find forgiveness in their hearts towards Wade.

Dee   September 3rd, 2010 7:33 pm ET

Not nearly long enough. She should stay in prison until Sarah gets up from her grave and gets to live her life.

I'm very upset that all the focus seems to be in Rachel and what she and her parents are going through. The focus should be on what Sarah's parents are going through. She was their only child and from what I heard, her mother waited 15 years for her because of difficulties in becoming pregnant. They will never see her graduate from school, marry or have children. Rachel took that all away when she MURDERED Sarah. I hope she has to serve all 27 years – in solitary would be good enough for her so she can boo-hoo all she wants to without inflicting herself on anyone else.

Jack Dering   September 3rd, 2010 8:03 pm ET

I don't believe that Rachel intended to kill Sarah, since I heard no evidence that she's insane–and only a crazy person would have committed murder under those circumstances, knowing that there were witnesses. She should have been charged with second-degree murder or manslaughter, which would have produced the right sentence. Life in prison should be reserved for violent repeat offenders. Of course juries in Florida tend to be... not very bright.

Katie   September 3rd, 2010 8:08 pm ET

The sentence of 27 years brings back the shock that Rachel Wade was convicted of second degree murder in the first place. I hope that Wade appeals this case and gets a fair sentence of manslaughter.

Barbara Dowell   September 3rd, 2010 10:55 pm ET

I think Rachael got too many years and she was not guilty of 2nd degree murder. She was guilty of aggrevated manslaughter but was she the only one who contributed to this manslaughter? No! There were many young people involved in this crime. First, the young man who told his "girls" to fight for him and also ALL of the girls who were involved.
This was a sad case and I think everyone involved should feel responsible because they are.

Peggy Clark   September 4th, 2010 12:59 am ET

It's sad that young people have to learn the hard way.

Rhonda   September 4th, 2010 1:05 am ET

This is another example of our "Justice" system gone awry. The death of one girl and the inprisonment of another doesn't change the facts. No matter how long she's in prison, the fact is the other perps got away with jumping in to give a beat-down, and that seems not to bother the prosecutor at all. This case should've been pled down she'll have to live with the death of her rival? How sad and the youth leader needs to study her Bible about love and the power of forgivness. Sad all the way around!!!!

Sandy   September 4th, 2010 2:39 am ET

How unfortunate for both families.

Mary Joan Mueller   September 4th, 2010 8:15 am ET

I'm happy that WADE got the 27 years. JMHO but this was a 1st degree murder,as the Prosecution charged in the indictment. Wade took a knife,conealed it,arming herself;and with purposefull intent went to a location.Her lewd filthy text messages and the threat to murder;which was carried out= ist degree murder.Prison life is harsh and cruel;the montonous day in/day out routine that never changes.Even if she does spend 85% before she can go before a parole board,the chances that she will be granted a parole on the first try are slight. Wade's allocution was 'limp & weak' to say the least.

jerry shields   September 4th, 2010 8:54 am ET

t hey should have used thw "crime of passion" because it is clear, very clear this was over a boy and jelous rage. also, the victim whent to where Sahara. i admit some time is necessary, but 20.5 let alone 27 years is too much given those circumstance

Theresa   September 4th, 2010 9:57 am ET

This is such a sad story with a really terrible outcome. I thought she would get less time because I do believe she was remorseful. Both girls acted foolishly over a guy not worth the time of day.

My heart goes out to both families.


Terry   September 4th, 2010 11:02 am ET

While I think that Rachel Wade should have received a Life Sentence, with a 27 year sentence will she be able to serve a shorter sentence and then serve some parole? Sarah doesn't get a shorter sentence and I don't believe Rachel deserves one either.

marvene   September 4th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

I think camacho played racheal like a fool he knew this girl was young and thought she was in love now she will be behind bars for 27 years her life is ruined I hope she do become an inspiration for other young who think their in love with a young fool like camacho.

Real   September 4th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

She have committed a senseless crime on a innocent young lady such as herself, but she needed to get her point across that she was the only one is in love with her boyfriend whom we considered as "between two rivals" that he loved.. But one could only love and the other must DIE!!!!

She knew exactly what she wanted it, and she thought she got away with it! The decision by the Judge was well deserved and she must now pay for her jealous crime... Case Closed!

Thank You

Nicole   September 4th, 2010 4:34 pm ET

She definitely deserved life but at least she'll still be in prison for quite a while! I can only hope that she has learned a valuable lesson here, along with other teens and when she does finally get out, I hope she keeps to her word and contributes to society again. I also wish the best for both families involved...what a shame. And all because of that looser; who wasn't even that good looking to begin with!

Lee   September 4th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Isn't it funny how they all say the same thing , 'I didn't mean to do it ' after the fact . If you have it in you to kill , you're going to do it .

nancy   September 4th, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Glad she got something besides the slap 0n the hand she thought she would get. T he judge should have givenrherlife, sinceshe took a life but we dont see that happen enough in this country.

shantal   September 4th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

i fell that the sentence was to much,i really understand what Rachel was going through and i'm not saying that she should have got off easy but those girls were harrassing her.Rachel was wrong for taking the knife with her and there were things that she could have done different but when you are young you do stupid thing.My heart goes out to her.I do not like facebook or myspace its nothing but trouble

Diane   September 5th, 2010 6:29 pm ET

How do you not mean to stab someone? Why would you go to a confrontation with a weapon, and claim you didn't mean to do it?

MIsie   September 6th, 2010 10:09 am ET

This should tell all woman across the country MEN are not worth it. If your man strays its not the other woman's fault its yours MANS fault. He is the one that hurt you, leave em dont kill for him, fight for him nothing!

Raymond   September 7th, 2010 10:53 am ET

maybe they will stop slapping the hands of people who do these things on interview she still not taking responibleity for her actions

karen gilchrist   September 7th, 2010 12:58 pm ET

27 years is harsh considering the facts. those three girls went where rachel was to confront her for a beatdown. it got out of hand now sarah is dead. but she is not blameless in this and neither are her friends. yes rachel should get time but not 27 years. sarah friends instigated this and the boyfriend encouraged it. all should be charged

blkfx7   September 7th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

You know what i think. The parents can sue the guy for wrongful death. since he was involved with them both. He just didn't care, because he knew he could get any girl he wanted. It didn't matter. he was to conceited to care. Maybe someone should tell the parents. they guy felt he was so great because of theese two. that he let his pride, stand in the way of stopping it. He just wanted to brag about how 2 women were fighting over him. just because he has a body that some women crave for
But still the same. i think he should of at least spoke with the parents .and told them he didn't know if would go that far. And he's sorry he didn't step in. because all he cared about was his looks and pride,and selfcentered. He was his own world.
But i think he is going to lose a lot of friends over this. And as for the women. i think they will think twice before they get involved with him again., So in a way. he has to live with the fact.
That because of him a women is dead.And anothers life is over. i hope it haunts him the rest of his life. I mean there is nothing wrong with women wanting you. but at the same time one must have compassion for others feeling.

AnitaLynn   September 7th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

I STILL do not understand why Sarah went to where Rachel was with two others. I do not understand what was the intent of the three when they went to Rachel and stepped out of the van? I think there is more to that incident than revealed; I think Sarah's companions lied to protect themselves and to get Rachel convicted.

As for that prosecuting attorney, the woman - I do not think much of her manner of presenting the case. I believe she was over zealous and used a lot of subjectiveness to put her case together using those voice messages, the fact that she brought the knife with her and that she tried to get rid of the knife.

But, it still goes back to why did Sarah and her companions go to where Rachel was that night. What was their intent?

This looked like a self defense. However, since the jury determined that Rachel intended to kill Sarah - in spite of the THREE, a lessor sentence should have been the way to go.

Yes, a life was lost! However, the fact still reminds that Sarah went to where Rachel was located with two other people.

I just cannot get over that fact.

SJ Stitcher   September 7th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

What a tragedy. I think Rachael is remorseful that she got herself in so much trouble.

My heart goes out to Sara's family & friends.

Rachael Wade got away easy. If she was a 19 male, she would have gotten a life sentence and no one would have felt sorry for him.

Pre-mediated murder with a violent weapon and she will be out in time to create a life for herself.

What a lucky girl Rachael is. Sara's chance for lucky were stolen by Rachael. sad, sad, sad

Deb Smith   September 7th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

She should have gotten the needle.....and also... that dam boyfriend should pay in some way.... her sentence is too lenient.......I feel so bad for the victims parents.....i cryed as i watched their closing remarks.....

Dee   September 7th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Rachel was three blocks from Sarah's home. Why was she in that neighborhood where she didn't belong? She was looking for Sarah to carry out her threats to murder her!!!

As I heard the testimony, the other girls only attacked AFTER Sarah has been stabbed. Rachel then tried to get away and threw the knife on the roof of a neighboring house to get rid of it. Then claimed she couldn't remember what had happened. She only started crying when she was told that Sarah was dead – she wasn't sorry for anything until she got caught.

27 years is too short, should have been life- Sarah was about to graduate from high school, getting ready to go to college. Unlike drop out Rachel!! Sarah's parents have to visit her in the cemetery – Rachel's parents can see her in jail – no comparison.

Carolyn   September 7th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

I think Rachel received too much time. She should not have gotten more than 10 years. Sarah is dead but she didn't have to come to the scene. It appears she instigated the fight with the guys sister.They were going to jump this girl. it's unfortunate also that Sarah is dead but she contributed to her own death.It probably would've been a different story if Rachel hadn't erased her voicemails. Sarah probably threatened her as well.

Tammy   September 7th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

This is such a very sad story.with a very terrible out come for both of these family's my heart goes out to both of them .i have read some of the comments that was posted about Rachel Wade , everyone will form an opinion about this ,but in reality no one would ever know what was going throw both of them girls mind on that night , but i can honesty say that it doesn't matter how much time she got . she will have to answer to a higher power .one that we all have to answer to one day .GOD BLESS BOTH OF THE FAMILY'S

Cindy   September 7th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

The sentence for Rachel Wade was fair.
Too bad Joshua Camacho could not be held accountable for his role in this tragic event. But, just as Rachel said, "he is worthless."
As for the Youth Pastor who spoke from the Ludemanns church, I was shocked at what she said. Not one time did I hear her say anything that would convince me that she is actually a Christian.

cheryel glaspie   September 7th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

the judge and jury got it all wrong sad sad sad all partys guilty girls and guys you all know sarah was a bully the police had been call many of times to no unveil she was the one that sarted the fight and didn't know what she was walking into not knowing how to fight in unarm combat
these were babies nothing but big mouths and dumb over a boy get a life
the only person you should be in love with is yourself parent you must live in and share your child's life get inside of theirs heads long before this age make friends with their friends even the ones you don't like you must be in the know these were not gang banger low life people there is no excurse for this type of behavior young people pay attendtion tell some adult don't let friends die,

JustCause   September 8th, 2010 1:35 am ET

I'm sorry for Rachel's parents who lost their only child in a selfish battle to claim some teenage boy, with that said.. I completely agree with a lot of the comments on here. Sarah was out to get her with her three friends...what were they doing but looking for trouble.. I don't go out looking to beat someone up for nothing ... I'm looking to either get my butt beat up, get stabbed or get killed. Sarah's mother is blind to the fact because she lost her daughter but the case remains she was out looking for something to happen.... it just didn't happen the way she thought it was ...

influences104   September 8th, 2010 8:38 am ET

I do not see why everybody is pointing the fingers at the boyfriend! Yes, apparently none of this wouldn't have happened if he wasn't in the picture but then again ladies, we have to be smart about our actions!
We cannot let a man get to us like that. If a female does, then I blame it on her. She should be smart enough to just leave!
Secondly, I feel as if her punishment was fair considering Sarah (R.I.P) came to confront her! But i do feel like if she brought a knife to the scene she knew something was bound to happen or she knew she would need it for self defense! But no one can judge but God. I just pray both families are OK!

Lois s   September 8th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

If Sarah and her friends had went to Rachels job the people from there would have come to court and said so ,the phone call from Rachel the night this happened about her stabbing Sarah and her boyfriend, was made the Judge said so ,Rachel said she didn't make the call because she didn't know Sarah's # not true she already left those awlful msgs. before, we all heard them,that being said I don't think she ment to kill Sarah BUT she did mean to hurt her bad or she wouldn't have took the knife and set on her car in the road and waited for Sarah, she didn't know Sarah was bringing people with her ,but Rachel had 2 guys with her.Rachel didn't tell the truth about a lot of things.

cheryl   September 8th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

so many young girl fight over a boy that cares less about any of them! my daughter met a boy she thought was so fine that she didn"t look at the fact that he was a sex offender.i talk to my daughter about how pretty she was, and how she didn't had to accept anybody and there life style just to had a man! and then i talk to him about how important my daughter was to me. and if he was in my shoes would he left his daughter date a man like him. now must mom dont care, but i care about my daughter, my only daughter. and i being to pray and ask God to take him out of my daughter life and let my daughter see the man for who he really is. and God did!!! he's in jail again out of her life. these young girl needs to get there mind off of sex, and settling for anybody,not doing a backgound on him. wake -up! young ladies and let him go!! if he dont want you move on.

Georgia   September 8th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

I am sad to see Rachel get so much time. She made a mistake when she killed Sara. My thought is: Sara came to where Rachel was. She put herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is how people lose their lives. She put herself out there. If she had stayed where she was, she might still be alive. This situation just came to a head. It might have happened anyway at a different time. She walked into trouble. This is the hand of fate. Some might say it was Sara's time to go. Twenty serven years is a long time. By the time she gets out Rachael can start her life again and a new generation of people won't even remember what happened or probably not even care. Sara was a teen. Where were her parents when she out all night with Camacho drinking Vodka and smoking Blunts. The parents need to take some responsiblity for this.

sad   September 10th, 2010 2:10 am ET

I agree dat wade shouldnt hve gotten dat much time , because she wasnt looking for dem to cause trouble it were d other way around. wade couldnt work in peace, go to school , or even visit. Yes, i feel sorry for sara family as well but her friends boost her up to fight wade over this nothing of a (boy). He shouldve been charge as well as the friends because dey came to d location to hurt dis gurl. I hate it happen like it did but wat was she to do with 2 r 3 beating her all at d same time. ask yourself wat would u hve done in fear of getting beat dwn by 3 gurls? You really dnt know wat u would do to protect urself n many cases unless u r face with d matter at hand. again im not up-holding wade at all because she was wrong for d murdering of sara, but i dnt think it was totally her fought here. where were sara parents when she was out n d streets? i think dat shouldve been the time wen she was suppose to be concern, so hopefully if they hve anymore children dey would watch dem more closer dan they did sara.

Enlightened   September 10th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

Have you seen the creep they were fighting over? Totally worthless.
These girls were demented.

Michelle   September 10th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Its about time these kids these days get what coming to them. I am so sick of them controlling what happens. She was wrong for what she did, she could have just avoided it and got rid of her loser betraying boyfriend, but no she continued to confrontate with this girl back and forth. I do not feel sorry for her one bit. She deserves her sentence and is lucky she only received the amount she received. The other parents received the death sentence for their daughter without even a chance to change it.

scotty501   September 12th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

LOL this piece of human garbage is going to be in jail when she in her 40s for killing a girl over some loser. Her parents must be so proud

Nancy   September 16th, 2010 9:42 am ET

Should have been life. She took a life, old enough and knew, if you bring a gun, knife, wepon of any kind, you bring it with the intent to kill, weather it be to fight, rob, etc. you do it knowing you will use it. She had a choice to go home and stay away from what she knew was trouble, As far as gear, stay home, call police if you feel your life in in danger. She went there to teach a lesson, and do harm to another. One good thing, is the victim was remembered, and the killer gets 27 years which I understand has no chance of parol in this state. she can have nightmares and bad dreams about what she has done when she layes down at night along with her 27 years. May the victims family begin to heal now.

Sheron   December 13th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

EYE for an EYE... If they had HANGINGS crud like this should HANG !!! Not feed the scum in prison !!!

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