ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rachelle Waterman was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after being convicted of criminally negligent homicide in February for colluding with two men at age 16 to kill her mother, Lauri Waterman, in 2004. The defense says it will appeal the decision.
While Waterman expressed guilt for her actions before Judge William B. Carey, she asked the court for a sentence of time served.
"I never thought something like this could happen," Waterman told the court Friday. "I would do anything to undo this."
Investigators say Waterman acted as a “puppetmaster” for boyfriends Jason Arrant and Brian Radel, who were both 24 when they suffocated her mother and burned her body in a minivan on Prince of Wales Island. While Waterman admitted that her mother’s death was her fault, she also alluded to the role the men played in the crime.
"If I hadn't associated with those men, we wouldn't be here today," Waterman said.