Rachel Wade, 20, was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday after being convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing of a romantic rival.
The Pinellas Park, Florida, case stemmed from the two women competing over the affection of Josh Camacho, 21, who, according to "In Session," was sleeping with both of them and had a son with a third.
Wade could have received life in prison, but Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone said he wouldn't hand it down because of her age and lack of maturity, The Tampa Tribune reported. He said, however, that her lack of remorse demanded a lengthy sentence.
Wade testified during her trial in July that she stabbed 18-year-old Sarah Ludemann only after Ludemann hit her three times in the head during a fight. Ludemann, who was unarmed, died at the scene after being stabbed twice in the chest.
In an exclusive interview with "In Session," Wade said she felt that God and Ludemann had forgiven her.
The jury didn't buy Wade's claim that she acted in self-defense, returning its verdict after fewer than three hours of deliberation.
Wade, at 5-foot-4 and 110 pounds, had no criminal record and testified that she had never been in a fight before. She said she went to a friend's house with a knife only after being told that 5-foot-9, 166-pound Ludemann was heading to her home.
Instead, Ludemann and her friends found her outside the friend's house.
"I didn't think they would attack me if they saw the knife," she said.
During cross-examination, Wade acknowledged having thrown the knife into a neighboring yard, but said, "I didn't know what happened, and I didn't want anybody else to get hold of it."
Prosecutor Lisset G. Hanewicz was not persuaded.
"Why get rid of it if you are acting in self-defense?" she asked in a closing argument. "She wanted to get rid of the evidence. She showed no remorse. She knew she stabbed her."
Also damning to Wade's claim of self-defense was a taped threat the prosecution played in court.