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An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix and a medallion down her daughter’s throat because she thought she was possessed by Satan, PEOPLE confirms.
Juanita Gomez, 51, was sentenced on Monday for her first-degree murder conviction in the death of her 33-year-old daughter Geneva Gomez in 2016, court records show.
The judge handed down the Oklahoma County jury’s recommended sentence of life in prison without parole, according to The Washington Post.
Gomez answered the judge’s questions quietly but declined to make any statements about the case, according to the Tulsa World. Her attorney says Gomez plans to appeal, the outlet reports.
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Police discovered Geneva’s brutally beaten body during a welfare check in Oklahoma City, a police spokesperson told PEOPLE at the time.
She was found covered in blood, with her arms spread out and a large crucifix lying across her chest, investigators said.
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Her face was bruised and swollen, the spokesperson said.
Juanita told investigators she had punched her daughter repeatedly before shoving the crucifix and a religious medallion down her throat.
She told police she attacked her daughter because she believed she was possessed, and that she believed the crucifix and medallion would help “rid Satan” from her body.
After watching her die, she said she tried cleaning her daughter’s body and positioned her in the shape of a cross.
Calls for comment from the district attorney and from Gomez’s attorney were not immediately returned.
Jazz Jennings is looking to the past to help with her present pain.
On Tuesday evening’s episode of I Am Jazz, the 17-year-old TLC star and LGBTQ rights activist participates in past life regression therapy — a form of hypnosis and attendant talk therapy that essentially suggests that we carry evidence (emotional, psychic and occasionally physical) of our past lives into our current one — which brings up some of the negative feelings she’s currently battling.
During the session, Jennings lays down under a blanket with her eyes closed. Her therapist then instructs her to imagine looking up into the sky and spotting a big, white cloud. “I’m asking that cloud to move and carry you back into time and space. I want you to tell me the very first thing that you see or that you notice,” she says in a PEOPLE exclusive sneak peek.
Jazz says that her name is Cal, who is walking in a “town center” and is feeling hungry. “I don’t have a home,” Jennings says about Cal. “I don’t think my family wants me.”
When the therapist presses about “why” Cal doesn’t feel wanted, Jennings says, “I’m gay. They caught me with a guy and kicked me out,” which made Cal feel “rejected.”
“My dream was to hold his hand in this market and now I’m just alone in the market. I’m hungry — I haven’t eaten,” a visibly emotional Jennings says.
The therapist then instructs them to “drift and float forward to the last day of Cal’s life,” when Jennings envisions Cal “sitting on a rocking chair. I was never able to live the life that I wanted. I don’t want to do this.”
When the therapist asks, “You don’t wanna do what?” Jennings tells her, “I don’t want to live anymore.”
“So what was he hungry for that day in the market?” her therapist asks.
“He was hungry to be accepted,” says Jennings.
When asked what Jennings is “hungry for,” the teen immediately begins to choke up: “She’s still hungry to be accepted.”
I Am Jazz airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.
Finding evidence for life on Mars has been a decades-long ambition for NASA, which has spent billions of dollars to send machines wheeling over, poking and probing the Red Planet.
On Friday, the Ninth Circuit—the federal appeals court for Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—decided that, contrary to what two other circuit courts have said, sex is a constitutional right such that the state cannot fire an employee for private sexual conduct.
In this most recent case out of Roseville, California, Janelle Pérez, previously a probationary officer, sued the police department after being fired for adultery.
P[é]rez was discharged after an internal affairs investigation into her romantic relationship with a fellow police officer. She claims that her termination violated her constitutional rights to privacy and intimate association because it was impermissibly based in part on disapproval of her private, off-duty sexual conduct.
The Ninth Circuit sided with Pérez. Here’s its helpful summary:
[T]he panel held that the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free association prohibit the State from taking adverse employment action on the basis of private sexual conduct unless it demonstrates that such conduct negatively affects on-the-job performance or violates a constitutionally permissible, narrowly tailored regulation.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling has significantly increased the odds of a Supreme Court showdown. Although the Supreme Court denied certiorari (or turned down) an appeal in an earlier adultery case in December, that was before there was disagreement among the lower courts. Now that the Ninth Circuit has created a circuit split, the Supreme Court is more likely to step in to resolve a question. The preceding cases are also similar enough to create a clean opportunity for review.
Even Reese Witherspoon has moments of fear and doubt, but the actress says she’s come up with a way to combat those bad feelings when they bubble up.
“I see as this little creature that lives in my life all the time, and I can either pay it attention and not get anything done or I can march ahead and ignore it,” the A Wrinkle in Time star told Marie Claire for its March 2018 issue.
“Sometimes I just have to jump two feet into a cold pool and go, ‘OK, I believe in myself enough, I know I work hard. I know I can always bet on myself,’” she added.
Witherspoon, who recently revealed in an emotional speech that she was sexually assaulted by a director at 16, also spoke about the women’s movement currently sweeping Hollywood and beyond.
“It shouldn’t just be about financial success,” she said. “We should have as many opportunities to fail as we do succeed. Because artistry is not about succeeding always. It’s about having the courage to try and put out into the world new ideas.”
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Including her highly anticipated role in A Wrinkle in Time, Witherspoon has 23 projects in the works in 2018. “I’m excited about the project with Jen Aniston,” she said. The series will be one of the first shows produced by Apple, and both actresses are also serving as producers.
“It’s a show about women in media – the morning news in particular,” she added.
The drama series is Aniston’s first major return to television since Friends, and is Witherspoon’s first television project after starring in the Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies on HBO. The show also reunites the duo after Witherspoon’s guest role as Aniston’s sister on Friends.
Also in the works is a film based off the book The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe. “Zendaya and I are producing a movie on a book I brought to her called The Gilded Years,” she explained. “It’s about the first African-American woman who graduated from Vassar. It’s important to go back in time so that my daughter’s generation and Zendaya’s generation realize that these were hard-fought wins for humankind and that the brave people at the center of them were women and people of color.”
A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters March 9.
Jennifer Aniston sure does have a lot of reasons to celebrate.
The actress rings in her 49th birthday on Sunday, just days ahead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with husband Justin Theroux.
The occasion marks another busy year for the couple — Aniston recently signed on with Reese Witherspoon for a new Apple TV series, while Theroux filmed the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest.
“They have figured out a life that works for them,” a source previously told PEOPLE of the couple that married in 2015. “Jennifer’s life with Justin is great.”
A second source said the distance helps them appreciate the time they do have together even more.
“This has not hurt their marriage at all, it seems to help,” an entertainment source previously told PEOPLE. “They love and respect each other and do spend a lot of time apart. For them, it is a healthy part of their romance.”
Added the first source: “By not spending every minute together, it’s like their honeymoon is lasting longer.”
But when they aren’t working, Aniston and Theroux, 46, enjoy a quiet life at the Los Angeles home, which they designed together.
“There was a time when I thought there was something romantic about picking up and trotting off somewhere different every three months. Now I’m becoming more particular about the projects I take,” Aniston told Architectural Digest. “I look around at my husband and my dogs and our home, and there’s nowhere else I want to be.”
Three defendants received life sentences — plus decades of additional prison time — Friday following their December convictions in the “revenge” slaying of a 7-year-old girl.
Three men convicted of killing a 7-year-old girl in retaliation for another girl’s fatal shooting have been sentenced to life in prison in Tennessee.