PASCO, Wash.-- More than two years after her death, Judy Hebert's family finally has some closure. Wednesday, a Franklin County judge sentenced Tashia Stuart to 45 years in prison for the murder of her mother.
It was a difficult scene to watch as friends, family members and Stuart herself, all shed tears over the conclusion to a long case.
People in the courtroom said they are at peace with the outcome, but Stuart and her attorneys say they plan to keep fighting for her innocence.
"I think that justice was served," said Rolfe Hebert, Stuart's father.
People close to Stuart say her sentence of 45 years in prison for the murder of her mother is what she deserves.
The defense asked for a mistrial, but the judge denied it and supported the jury's verdict.
In Stuart's testimony, she claimed she was trying to protect her young daughter who was present at the shooting.
"I did the only thing I could do and that was defend myself from her attacking me yet again and quite possibly keeping her from attacking my precious ladybug," Stuart said.
Family members told the court they worry about the safety and well being of the family.
"If Tashia is capable of murdering her mother, what would happen if she were free in her life time? Are they her next subjects?" said Ruth Grady, Stuart's aunt.
"What do I say to Shaelynn when she tells me that she can't get all of Nana's blood that's all over the wall out of her head?" said Nicola Hebert, wife of Rofle Hebert.
Stuart claims her family was lying and conspiring against her.
During Stuart's testimony Wednesday, her father yelled out, "You're such a liar."
"She was lying. The truth has always escaped her. She has always looked for someone else to blame issues on," Rofle Hebert said.
"I hope that I will get a new trial so the truth can really come out your honor. Please. I know you've already made your decision, but please grant me a new trial and please do not put a restraining order between me and my daughter," Stuart said.
The judge also ordered that Stuart have no contact with her daughter.
She must also pay more than $180,000.
Stuart's defense team filed an appeal immediately after the sentencing Wednesday.