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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5B ife senten Surviving hild ives her for th torture nd use endured Victoria Metcalf The couple, in a Toyota closure," he said. Assistant Editor 4-Runner, stopped in Curiel was not eligible for vmetcalf@plumasnews.com Redding long enough to rent a plea deal such as the one a storage unit and deposit a Huntsman made. He was a It came as no surprise plastic tote that contained minor at the time of the when a Monterey County the bodies of Shaun Tara crimes and would not face judge sentenced Tami Joy and his younger sister the death penalty. Huntsman, 42, to live in Delylah Tara. Huntsman was the cousin prison for the rest of her life. They traveled on, linking of the three children. She The decision was handed up with a Quincy resident agreed to take them down Friday, May 18. Huntsman knew. When that following the sudden death In late February, with a woman became suspicious, of their mother and then the double trial scheduled for the couple found an imprisonment of their just days away, Huntsman apartment of their own. But father. and her attorney offered a the resident ultimately For the first time, it was plea deal. She would plead contacted Child Protectiverevealed that Huntsman also guilty to charges of Services. That program's had an older daughter. This murdering two young caseworker in turn asked is in addition to twins and children placed in her care for a deputy to accompany an older son. and torturing three of them. them to the apartment for a Angelica Alcantara -- that In exchange, Huntsman welfare check on 9-year-old daughter -- said that she would not go on trial and Jane Doe. would not make excuses for she would escape the death The investigation led to her mother but that she penalty. Her deal was the discovery of Jane Doe forgives her, according to accepted, who was huddled on the Mercury Herald reporter During that plea deal, floorboards of the locked Tom Wright. Huntsman pleaded guilty to Toyota. She had piled "My mom, Tami one count of torture and one clothing on top of herself in Huntsman, was and I believe count of child abuse causing an attempt to keep warm. still is a good person," she great bodily injury, and two Sheriff's Deputy Tyler said in a letter. "She was a counts of conspiracy for Hermann discovered Jane good morn not only to her abuse she inflicted on the Doe who had been horribly kids, but also to all the children's half-sister, Jane beaten and starved. He neighborhood kids." Doe, according to Monterey arrested Huntsman and her Shaun, Delylah and Jane District Attorney Dean D. boyfriend Gonzalo Curiel Jr. Doe moved in with Flippo on May 18. Jane Doe and charged them with child Huntsman and her husband is the court's name to hide endangerment, in April 2014. the identity of the half-sister As they were interviewed, Curiel, a friend of one of who was abused and Curiel admitted that the Huntsman's sons, moved starved, bodies of two other children into the tiny apartment in Pursuant to the stipulated were in Redding. November 2014. When sentence, Judge Pamela "The jury found true Huntsman's husband Butler ordered Huntsman to special circumstances thatdiscovered his wife and serve two consecutive life the murders were Curiel were having an terms without the committed by torture and affair, he moved out. possibility of parole, three that Curiel committed Judge Butler stated that in additional consecutive life multiple murders," her 23 years of criminal law terms, and nine more years, according to Flippo that she never thought that "She has waived all writs following the verdict, anyone she had sentenced to and appeals and will never Curiel was also convicted life in prison without the be released from prison," of one count of torture and possibility of parole should according to Flippo. one count of child abuse to "never, ever, ever" get out of Huntsman is also to pay Jane Doe, "causing great prison. $10,000 for victim restitution bodily injury he inflicted Huntsman's case proved for Jane Doe, and $4,800 for on the children's to be the exception. The burial expenses for the two half-sister," Flippo added, sentence is appropriate and children, according to He was found guilty April just. "You were the adult," Monterey County Weekly 23 in Salinas. He is she told Huntsman in the reporter Nic Coury. scheduled for sentencing courtroom. "You were the Huntsman was 39 when June 29. one responsible for the murders and torture Prosecutor Steve Somers protecting those children occurred, when she and her said that while they "never and you failed them. then 17-year-old lover and wavered in our belief that '" accomplice abused and she deserved the death Letter from a starved three children, aged penalty and still does," it's victim of torture 3, 7 and 9, placed in her care. unlikely that Huntsman Although Jane Doe was The abuse ended in the would ever be executed'andnot physically present in the deaths of the two younger a death penalty sentence courtroom May 18, her children, would have resulted in thoughts were. Fleeing their small "interminable appeals," An investigator from the apartment in Salinas the according to Chelcey Adami, district attorney's office couple took the 9-year-old, a reporter for The read a letter written by Jane Huntsman's twins and the Californian. Doe. bodies of the two children on "Ultimately the victims "I would like to express a circuitous trip around wanted closure. They myself by telling it was a parts of Northern California wanted this thing to come to horrible experience for my in late November and early an end and the last thing we siblings and me to be in pain December 2015. get with the death penalty is and sadness in that "1 felt like I was done for good and nobody cared anymore, but deep down I know I would get saved somehow. I realized everything has a season and people can change when they want to. It is not good to disfike someone for a long time. I would fike to say I forgive Tami Huntsman and Gonzalo Curiel for their actions. " Jane Doe Tami Joy Huntsman was 39 when she was arrested in Plumas County in December 2015. She will spend the rest of her life in prison. Photo courtesy Plumas County Sheriff's Office apartment," Jane Doe, now 12, wrote. "What Tami and Gonzo have put in my life was the worst thing I experienced. If I could have I would have stopped it myself, but I was weak and tired." The investigator continued to read, "Shaun -- his style, laugh and character, plus he was smart. He was the best brother (I) could have; he would never let me down." The investigator also read, "Delylah'was the prettiest sister I've ever seen. For her to live that bad way, and not the good, that affects my heart. She was very young and I barely got to know her, but she would have been intelligent as she grew in life. Guess what, she can't because of Tami and Gonzo (Curiel)." Jane Doe also wrote, "I felt like I was done for good and nobody cared anymore, but deep down I know I would get saved somehow. I realized everything has a season and people can change when they want to. It is not good to dislike someone for a long time. I would like to say I forgive Tami Huntsman and Gonzalo Curiel for their actions." Why she did it One thing on most people's minds was how could a woman do what she did to three children placed in her care? Huntsman underwent a neuropsychiatric examination with psychiatrist George W. Woods-Jr. who shared some of his findings with the court. Woods said Huntsman was abandoned by her mother and never knew her father. He sa!d that she endured physical and sexual abuse in her childhood, according to trial information from The Monterey Herald. Woods also said she was severely injured on a job and subsequent medical treatment and medication had an impact on her stability. "It is my professional opinion that this medical trauma accentuated her early life trauma," Woods told the court. 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