Reisterstown woman gets 2 life terms for killing couple

September 17, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Every day, Sara Elizabeth Citroni said, she relives the day last summer when she and her new boyfriend walked into his mother's Westminster apartment and stabbed his mother and her companion to death.

"This is something I can't forgive myself for. Day in and day out, I am constantly reminded of what I have done," the 19-year-old Reisterstown runaway told Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. yesterday. "I can't believe it happened."

Judge Beck couldn't believe it happened either, and that's why -- after listening to five hours of testimony from 11 witnesses -- he imposed two consecutive life terms for the murders of Cathryn Brace Farrar and George William Wahl.

"These theories about why you did this are interesting, but they're academic," the judge said. "No one but you, Sara, knows why you committed these horrific deeds. Two bodies lie in premature graves as a result of your rage. That's fact, not theory."

Ms. Farrar had been stabbed 86 times, Mr. Wahl more than 30. Their bodies were discovered days after the July 29, 1993, slayings.

In July, Citroni pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy in exchange for the #F sentence handed down yesterday. In her confession to Westminster police, she said stabbing Ms. Farrar "kind of gave ++ me pleasure" because of the way Ms. Farrar had treated her son.

Citroni's boyfriend of about a week, Jason Aaron DeLong -- Ms. Farrar's son -- is awaiting a jury's verdict on first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy charges. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and has said Ms. Farrar relentlessly abused him.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without parole for Mr. DeLong.

The Carroll jury deliberating his case adjourned yesterday after seven hours. They are to reconvene Monday morning.

Most of the testimony at yesterday's hearing portrayed Citroni as a responsible, good-natured teen-ager before her mother died of pancreatic cancer two years ago and then as an anti-social disaster afterward.

Citroni -- one of four children her father had to care for after his wife's death -- retreated to herself. She was angry that her mother had died.

Once an average student at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, she failed half her courses in her senior year. By the end of the school year, she came within one point of passing a geometry class that would have enabled her to graduate.

Dr. Lawrence J. Raifman, who has interviewed Citroni nine times in the past year, said she couldn't deal with losing her mother. He testified to her drug addiction and her refusal to deal with school or her father.

"She is the most tragic child I have ever seen," Dr. Raifman said.

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