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A Minnesota mother was sentenced to life in prison for the fatally shooting her 6-year-old son. 

Julissa Thaler, 29, murdered Eli Hart in 2022. Only days before the shooting, Thaler had gained custody of the child. She was convicted of first degree murder. 

Police officers discovered Eli Hart’s body in the truck of a car. He was shot nine times. The boy’s step father had warned child protective service that the mother, Julissa Thaler, was spiraling out of control, abusing drugs. Despite his warnings, the department of family services return Eli Hart to his mother. The father filed a lawsuit agains the department. 

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Thaler’s defense attorney tried to deflect blame from his client by saying she participated in the murder but she was not the one who killed the boy. 

As the trial began to wind down, Thaler erupted. She began to scream at the judge and everyone else in the courtroom. 

“I’m innocent. F—k you all. You’re garbage. That is all, your honor,” Julissa Thaler said during her sentencing hearing Thursday, as reported by the New York Post. 

Watch Julissa Thaler Explode in Court

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on thecrimeroom.com or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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