“There is no more serious offense that can be heard or adjudicated or judged in this court than what you did,” Kleeh said during the hearing.
“Milisegundo. Mays, several times your counsel has made the point that you shouldn’t be considered a monster,” he said later in the hearing.
“Respectfully, I disagree with that. You are the worst kind. You are the monster that no one sees coming. And you have made liars of everyone who has ever told their kids that monsters don’t exist and that evil does not exist in the world.”
Mays tearfully addressed the court, apologizing for the pain she had caused. “There are no words I can say that would offer the families any comfort,” Mays said. “I can only say that I am sorry for the pain I caused the families and my family. I don’t ask for forgiveness, because I don’t think I could forgive anyone who did what I did.”
While no specific motive was given for Mays’ actions, her attorney Jay T. McCamic cited serious mental health issues starting in the 1990s as a contributing factor that was exacerbated by stress in her life. He also mentioned Mays’ military service as a reason for a lighter sentence.
CNN has reached out to McCamic for comment on Tuesday’s sentence.
Prosecutors say justice an ‘elusive concept’
Prosecutors celebrated after the hearing, while noting that justice is “somewhat of an elusive concept” in such cases.
“But I hope today that these sentences do provide the respect and honor these men deserve,” Acting US Attorney Randy Bernard said during a news conference.
Bernard said that while justice was a hard goal to reach, prosecutors were able to achieve some requests from the families of the victims, including consecutive life sentences for Mays.
Veteran Affairs Inspector General Michael J
. Missal acknowledged in a news release on Tuesday that while responsibility lay with Mays
, an investigation had found systemic errors that contributed to her actions going undetected
“While responsibility for these heinous criminal acts lies with Reta Mays, an extensive healthcare inspection by our office found the facility had serious and pervasive clinical and administrative failures that contributed to them going undetected,” said Missal.
“I hope that the victims’ families can find some measure of solace knowing that Mays was caught and punished, and that steps are being taken to help ensure other families do not suffer the same loss.”
El pasado octubre, the families of six victims tentatively reached settlements with the US government
, CNN reported
. The settlements ranged from
$ 700,000 a $ 975,000 cada, according to attorneys for the victim’s families