Ashlee A. Martinson, a teenage horror blogger who went by the nickname ‘Vampchick’ online was sentenced to 23 years in prison plus 17 years on extended supervision for the murder of her mom and stepfather Friday.
The 18 year old committed the murders in March 2015 before locking her sisters in a room with food and juice and fleeing the state of Wisconsin with her boyfriend.
Sentencing her Friday, the judge said he appreciated that she had been abused by her stepfather, but that she should have found ‘the internal strength’ not to turn to murder.
On March 8, 2015, Martinson shot her stepfather Thomas Ayers, 37, twice with a shotgun and stabbed her mother, 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers, 30 times with a knife.
Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek wanted the Rhinelander girl to be given the maximum sentence of 40 years; her lawyers wanted eight. She ultimately took a plea deal.
Speaking at the end of a day-long hearing, Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom said that although Martinson had received abuse from multiple people, including her stepfather, she made the decision to kill him and her mother.
He said he didn’t believe that she was in danger of death when the murders occurred, and that despite a lack of support from those around her, she should have found the ‘inner strength’ not to kill.