Mother receives 130-year sentence after murdering her children
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne mother who fatally smothered her two children in the back seat of a stolen car in September was sentenced to 130 years in prison for those killings.
Amber Pasztor, 30, learned her fate for the deaths of 7-year-old Lilliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor early Thursday inside an Elkhart County courtroom. A judge ordered her to a state mental hospital until doctors determine she’s fit to be incarcerated.
Pasztor had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two murder counts in a plea agreement calling for a 130-year sentence.
Pasztor abducted her children Sept. 26 from their custodial grandparents’ home, prompting an Amber Alert. Their bodies were found the same day inside a stolen car parked behind the Elkhart Police Department, about 70 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.
Pasztor is also charged in the September shooting death of a former neighbor, 66-year-old Frank Macomber. Her children’s bodies were found inside his stolen car.