Mother receives 130-year sentence after murdering her children

Mugshot of Amber Pasztor. (Provided Photo/Elkhart Police Dept.)

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.

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