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June 7, 2016
MILFORD — The mother of Maren Sanchez recalled in a crowded, hushed courtroom Monday how she raced to the hospital on the morning of April 25, 2014, moments after learning her daughter had been stabbed at school on the day of the junior prom.
"I stared in disbelief and shook my head and repeated over and over and over again, 'No, this only happens in the movies,'" Donna Cimarelli said through tears. "As the doctors and nurses continued to shake their heads telling me she did not make it, I could not understand what they were saying to me. When I was brought to finally see her, she laid like a lifeless angel, my baby lying there with a drip of dried blood on her mouth."
Cimarelli's first public comments about her daughter's slaying at Jonathan Law High School, a crime that rocked the town of Milford, were delivered just before her daughter's killer, classmate Christopher Plaskon, was sentenced Monday in Superior Court to 25 years in prison as part of a plea deal.
"Just five days before she died, Maren tried on her prom gown for our family and friends. In my wildest nightmares, I could not envision that the next time she would wear her beautiful dress would be at her wake," Cimarelli said.