April 18, 2018 |
The courtroom fell silent. The father of two children killed by their former nanny sat in the front row, beside a pair of alternate jurors who had been released before deliberations. They held hands. Tears streamed down their cheeks.
And when a jury convicted the nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, of murder, rejecting her claim that she was too mentally ill to understand her actions or know they were wrong, the children’s father, Kevin Krim, hung his head, shook and rocked back and forth. A juror took off his glasses and wiped away tears.
The jury of six men and six women deliberated for two days before reaching their decision, which they delivered shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Ms. Ortega, 55, sat motionless as the verdict was read: guilty of first-degree murder, guilty of second-degree murder. She faces life in prison when she is sentenced on May 14.
At a news conference after the verdict, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said that the jury “rightly held Yoselyn Ortega accountable.” He lauded jurors “for their diligence throughout this incredibly difficult and heartbreaking trial.” A teary-eyed Mr. Krim stood by his side. Mr. Vance said the Krims “lived through the worst nightmare any parents could ever endure.”