Jodi Arias, sentenced to life for the murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, has been ordered by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to shell out $32,000 in restitution for the victim’s five siblings, USA Today says.
According to Arias’ attorney Jennifer Willmott, Alexander’s family requested three times that amount — about $100,000 — for travel, accommodation, and other expenses to attend the lengthy trial. The judge sliced the petitioned amount down to $32,000 because the family failed to show the necessary receipts, IBT said.
On the hearing on Monday, which Arias and the Alexander family did not attend, Judge Sherry Stephens allotted the following to each sibling: $15,530.73 to sister Samantha Alexander, $10,754,99 to sister Tanisha Sorenson, $4,232.11 to sister Hilary Wilcox, $1,372 to brother Stephen Alexander, and $225.60 to Dennis Alexander.
But will Arias even be able to reimburse Alexander’s family?
“In the past, my experience has been that victims are unlikely to get the money when somebody has been sent to prison for so long because they don’t have the ability to make it,” Willmott said. “Eventually she’ll be able to get a job making 10, 20 cents an hour so they can take money from that, but it’s very small.”
Arias was handed life imprisonment in April after an on-again, off-again obsessive relationship with her former boyfriend Alexander concluded in murder — Arias stabbed Alexander 30 times, slit his throat, and shot him in his Phoenix home in 2008.
The case garnered widespread attention after Arias offered a “jailhouse interview,” according to IBT. After her sentencing , she told a reporter she would have preferred capital punishment.
“I would much rather die sooner than later. Longevity runs in my family, and I don’t want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place,” Arias said.
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