The woman convicted of killing a young Wichita mother and kidnapping her newborn baby was sentenced Friday in Sedgwick County Court.
Yesenia Sesmas was sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder, kidnapping, and aggravated interference with parental custody.
Last month, a jury found Sesmas guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Laura Abarca-Nogueda. Abarca-Nogueda was killed at a west Wichita apartment in November 17, 2016. Her baby, Sophia, was taken by Sesmas.
Sesmas and the baby were found at a Dallas home two days later. The child was not injured and was returned to relatives in Wichita.
During the sentencing, several of Abarca’s family spoke in court.
Abarca’s mother, Guadalupe Nogueda spoke, with the help of a translator, about the impact her daughters murder has had on her.
“She’s ended my life, honestly,” said Nogueda.
Nogueda was emotional throughout most of her impact statement.
“I’m standing up, but my life is over, I can’t wake up from this nightmare,” said Nogueda.
Both the family and prosecution pushed for the maximum sentence to be given to Sesmas.
“This was just an unbelievable event for this family, it was an attack on their family,” said Jason Roach, Assistant District Attorney with Sedgwick County.
Now, Jose Abarca, Laura’s brother, says the family is going to try and move forward.
“I feel at peace, I feel we can put this behind us and I think she got the right sentence,” said Abarca.
Abarca is comforted by the fact that he knows a little piece of sister is left behind in her daughter, Sophia.
“She’s a menace, she’s growing so fast and she’s so smart just like my sister was,” said Abarca. “Sophia is just like my sister, you know, they are identical, I think so,” he added.
Sophia is being raised by her father and Abarca’s family.