TUCSON, Ariz. - A grandmother who killed her two grandsons says -- she wanted to send the boys to heaven -- and then join them herself.
That's what Dorothy Flood told a judge Monday -- during her sentencing. She'll serve 21 years in prison.
In December, Dorothy Flood pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of the two eight year old twins, Jordan and Jaden Webb.
Flood told the judge the boys had autism so severe she felt it was best to kill them, then kill herself.
The defense attorney for Dorothy Flood said even at age eight, the two boys were in diapers and unable to speak.
Before sentencing Dorothy Flood told Judge Howard Fell she loved the boys but the demands of caring for them left her sleep deprived, aggravated her depression and left her feeling the system could not help her or her grandchildren. So she would send them to heaven and kill herself to try to join them there.
She told the judge, "And I did in fact, in my head think that it was the humane and merciful thing to do and we were going to go together. I didn't want them out of my life I wanted to be together. I wanted to see that they were actually going to be free from that pain and their suffering."
Judge Howard Fell said this case is unlike any he's seen in 22 years as a Judge. He said he thinks he understands what Dorothy Flood did but still believes the appropriate punishment is ten and a half years per child for a total of 21 years in prison.