Grace Packer Trial Issues Death Sentence

Posted on May 30, 2019 by

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“I just want this to be over so my daughter can rest,” Grace Packer’s biological mother, Rose Hunsicker, said in an interview with CBS 21 News on 11 March 2019.

Grace was murdered by her foster mother, Sara Packer, and Sara’s boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, on 9 July 2016. Sullivan and Sara Packer have been charged with homicide, kidnapping, torture, assaulted, dismemberment, and abuse of a corpse.

On 19 March 2019, Sullivan admitted to killing Grace, and prosecution pushed for the death penalty, according to CBS 21 News. The hearing was in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, at the Bucks County Justice Center.

On 20 March 2019, the hearings began. Sheehan was in the Bucks County Justice Center in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, advocating for the news outlet’s special Project PA: Children In Crisis. He referred to Sara Packer taking the stand against Sullivan as a “highly anticipated moment” in Grace’s case.

CBS News reporter Jessie McDonough said Sara Packer’s testimony would help the jury determine whether or not to give Sullivan the death penalty or life without parole.

“Either life in prison, or he’ll be sentenced to death. It doesn’t matter as long as I get justice for my baby girl,” Rose Hunsicker said in an interview with The Morning Call.

On 28 March 2019, Sullivan was sentenced to death. Sara Packer testified that she was wrapped up in Sullivan’s rape-murder fantasy, according to WFMZ News. Sullivan refused his opportunity to speak, and showed no emotion when his fate was revealed.

“You have no soul. I have never said that to another human being in my life, and I hope to never say it again, though I expect to say something similar to Sara Packer. Like the little baby you are, you asked [the detectives] to protect you, because you’re scared of having done to you what you did to this child,” Honorable Judge Diane E. Gibbons said to Sullivan when his sentence was delivered.