By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of her 8-year-old grandsons.

A Pima County Superior Court judge sentenced 56-year-old Dorothy Flood on Monday in the killings of Jorden and Jaden Webb last April. Flood was the guardian and sole caregiver for the boys after her daughter died in 2017.

According to court documents, the twins had severe autism and were nonverbal, and detectives said Flood told a relative that they boys had become too much for her as the boys had been having trouble sleeping.

With family members in the courtroom, Flood apologized before she was sentenced by Judge Howard Fell.

“I loved those boys I never intended to harm them. I am so sorry that I did,” she said.

Sheriff’s deputies who found the boys dead also found Floor unresponsive from an apparent drug overdose.

Flood later told detectives she had tried to kill herself.

Flood originally was charged with first-degree murder but she pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Flood will be given credit for 297 days of time already served.

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