AN evil uncle has been told he’ll “never see daylight or breathe fresh air again” after he raped and killed his five-year-old niece.
Alex Whipple murdered Lizzy Shelley after his sister let him spend the night at the family home in Utah.
Evil Alex Whipple appeared in court yesterday to be sentenced for the rape and murder of his niece Lizzy Shelley[/caption]
Whipple killed Lizzy, pictured after her mum let him stay at their home[/caption]
The 22-year-old dumped the little girl’s body in nearby woods – then led cops to her corpse in a deal that saw him avoid the death penalty.
At an emotional hearing yesterday, Lizzy’s relatives branded Whipple a “monster” and “the worst kind of person humanity has to offer” as he was jailed for life.
Judge Kevin K. Allen said Whipple inflicted “incomprehensible terror” upon Lizzy – then told him: “You will never see the light of day. You will never breathe fresh air again.
“What you did was so abhorrent and vile that you must spend the rest of your life in prison.”
Jessica Black, sobs as she speaks to reporters after Whipple’s sentencing[/caption]
Lizzy’s casket is carried following her funeral service in June[/caption]
Whipple – who pleaded guilty last month to murder, kidnapping and sexual assault – declined to speak, hung his head and showed no emotion during the hearing.
As he was jailed, Lizzy’s other uncle, Dejay Smith, said to Whipple: “There are few things that are more vile than your actions. You are the worst kind of person humanity has to offer.”
Lizzy’s mum Jessica Black was not in court because she said she couldn’t bear to be in the same room as her brother.
I would give anything to be reunited with her, to hug her and hold her one more time
Jessica Black, Lizzy's mum
But speaking to reporters after the hearing, she sobbed as she said of her daughter: “I would give anything to be reunited with her, to hug her and hold her one more time. Our lives will never be the same.
“We will never forget our sweet girl and the happiness and sunshine she brought us.”
Lizzy’s disappearance in May triggered a massive search in the picturesque mountain valley community of Logan, Utah.
Police say Whipple killed Lizzy on May 25.
Authorities said they found the girl’s blood on Whipple’s clothing, and a bloody, broken knife from the family’s kitchen near where the body was hidden.
She was missing for five days before Whipple told police where they could find the child’s body after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
She was found in the woods less than a block from her house.
Relatives remembered Lizzy as a sweet, happy little girl who loved drawing, being outdoors.
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A poster board with pictures of Lizzy and rainbow-coloured butterflies was placed on an easel in the front of the courtroom.
A victim advocate who worked with the family brought a pair of rainbow-coloured tennis shoes Lizzy was excited to wear to kindergarten.
Cache County Attorney James Swink called Whipple’s crime a ‘vicious’ and ‘violent’ act that made the community feel ‘a little less safe, a little more vulnerable.’
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Whipple was told:’you’ll never see the light of day again’[/caption]
The monster led cops to Lizzy’s body – but only to avoid the death sentence[/caption]
Jessica Black said: ‘Our lives will never be the same’[/caption]
Judge Kevin Allen said Whipple inflicted ‘incomprehensible terror’ upon Lizzy[/caption]
Cops searching for Lizzy in May[/caption]