CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old son and dumping his body in the garbage was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for aggravated murder. The judge handed down an additional year to be served consecutively for a lesser charge.
In November 2012, Camilia Terry called 911 to report her son Emilliano missing.
After leading police on a massive search in Cleveland, his body was discovered wrapped in plastic bags at a trash facility in Oakwood Village.
"Nobody failed Camilia Terry. The only person that failed Camilia Terry is Camilia Terry, because she failed to ask for help,” said the prosecution during the sentencing.
The team then handed the judge a picture of Emilliano as he was found at the trash facility and asked that Terry look at it on every anniversary of his death.
"I’m not a selfish person, I’m not an evil person, I’m not a killer," Terry told the judge. She also insisted she loved her two surviving children.
The defense said the case is a tragedy, but claimed Terry's life is a tragedy as well.
It cited rape and abuse in her past.
"I wanted to say that I love Camilia dearly, but I do not think she should ever be on the streets to do this again, because contrary to what I've been hearing, and a lot of it's hearsay, the county did not fail Camilia," Terry's foster mom said in court.
She called Terry "mean and deceitful enough to do it again."
Throughout the investigation, Terry came up with several different versions of how Emilliano died.
At one point, she accused an ex-boyfriend of killing her son.