Jul 10, 2013 12:00 AM by Danielle Lerner

Danielle Lovemore issues tearful apology during sentencing

TUCSON- An emotional day in court as Danielle Lovemore learned her sentence. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Lovemore to 130 days in prison, with credit for 117 days served. In April Lovemore pleaded guilty to attempted custodial interference. Back in January she took her daughter, Estella, to Mexico along with her boyfriend, Luis Palacio, and his non-custodial daughter Caroline.

Lovemore was also sentenced to three years probation, 300 hours of community service and she will have to be released to an approved halfway house once she gets out of prison.

The 22 year old listened as Anna and Mary Oddo addressed the court. Anna is Caroline's mother, Mary is Caroline's grandmother. The little girl was in Mexico for almost two months and both women said the situation tore them apart. Anna said her daughter is now terrified to be alone. Mary said her world was "shattered," calling it a "cruel and hateful thing that happened."

Lovemore's attorney pushed for probation, saying his client understands the pain she caused. He said she panicked thinking she was going to lose custody of her daughter and it was all a result of immaturity.

Lovemore then tearfully addressed the judge in her own words.

"I was completely selfish in wanting to have my daughter for myself and I've lost four months with my daughter that I'm never going to be able to get back," she said. "It was a big mistake, and I really wish I could take it back. If I had a chance to do it over, I wouldn't do it."

Estella's biological father now has full custody. Lovemore's family declined to comment about Wednesday's sentencing.

Another term of Lovemore's sentence is she cannot have any contact with Luis Palacio or his family. Palacio is a Mexican national and the Marana Police Department says it is still working with U.S. Marshals to bring him back to the U.S.


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