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Melissa Huckaby Used Noose to Kill 8-Year-old Sandra Cantu
Tracy girl's killer apologizes, gets life term - SFGate
Former Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby used a noose to strangle 8-year-old Sandra Cantu , officials revealed today during the confessed killer's sentencing. Huckaby , 29, pleaded guilty last month to first degree murder and kidnapping "with enhancements" to avoid the death penalty. Today in court, a sobbing Huckaby apologized to Sandra's family, saying: "I should not have taken her from you. But I still cannot understand why I did what I did," she said. Many of the details of the grisly crime have previously been kept from the public, sealed under a judge's gag order.
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A former Sunday school teacher was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole after she tearfully apologized and begged for forgiveness for murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in Tracy, saying the girl "did not suffer. Melissa Huckaby said she still struggles for an explanation for why she killed Sandra. She said she believes God has forgiven her, and she asked for the same forgiveness from Sandra's mother, Maria Chavez.