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testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping
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Linda Woo gets 25 to life for killing daughter
Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, November 26,
(11-25) 09:01 PST SAN FRANCISCO —
A San Francisco woman
who asphyxiated her 3-year-old daughter during an apparent suicide attempt in
their Ingleside Terrace home has been sentenced to 25 years to life in
Linda Woo, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in San Francisco Superior
Court by Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee for first-degree murder. Woo will serve a
concurrent term of seven years to life for the attempted murder of her
4-year-old son, who survived the incident.
On March 29, 2006, Woo was
found inside a car in her garage with her two unconscious children. The
daughter, Olive Murphy, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy suffered
According to prosecutors, Woo told the children they were
going on a camping trip, led them into the car in the garage and lit a portable
Prosecutors said Woo had been trying to get back at a man who
broke off an affair with her while she was still married to the children’s
When Woo didn’t bring the children to day care, the school
contacted her estranged husband. He called friends, one of whom discovered the
mother and children in the garage at 370 Moncada Way and phoned 911.
who worked as a principal project manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in San
Francisco, was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
At the trial,
Woo’s therapist testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping her medication.
attorney argued that Woo grappled with a “major depressive disorder” that was so
severe she was not responsible for her acts.
A San Francisco jury
convicted her in April and rejected Woo’s claims the following month that she
had been insane at the time of the incident.
E-mail Justin Berton at email@example.com.
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