From the State Journal-Register:
Springfield woman gets 28 years for murder of girlfriend
By Dean Olsen
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at 1:46 PM Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 7:16 PM
A Springfield woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and admitted to stabbing her girlfriend 39 times in a rage as the girlfriend tried to leave the relationship two years ago was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday.
Circuit Court Judge John “Mo” Madonia issued the sentence against Emmaline Osborne, 26, who cried repeatedly during the three-hour sentencing hearing and apologized to the family of her victim, Amanda Kern, 22.
“I’m sorry to the whole family because I know you all trusted me, and I broke that trust,” Osborne said as friends and relatives from both families dabbed away tears in the courtroom audience.
The former nursing home kitchen worker was arrested at the scene of the murder May 10, 2016, in the kitchen of a house where the couple lived in the 1500 block of East Lawrence Avenue. Kern was brought to HSHS St. John’s Hospital, where she died from the stab wounds.
Madonia said from the bench that he knew the sentence — which Osborne must serve 100 percent of, taking into account 823 days already served — wouldn’t satisfy the family of Kern. The Kern family requested a life sentence for Osborne.
Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser had asked for a 35-year sentence, while Osborne’s attorney, assistant public defender Lindsay Evans, asked for 20 years, the minimum allowable sentence.
Madonia said the prison term he imposed was more than the minimum because the court needs to send a message that domestic violence is unacceptable.
But he said he tempered the sentence somewhat because Osborne was a victim of domestic violence herself at the hands of an alcoholic mother.
The judge also noted that Osborne had no prior criminal record and was diagnosed after the fact with depression and borderline personality disorder.
Madonia said he wished the Illinois General Assembly allowed him to lengthen a sentence when a murder is committed as an act of domestic violence.
Kern’s mother, Denise Kern, 49, of New Lenox, testified she wished her daughter died as a result of a heroin overdose after the many years Amanda struggled with drug addiction.
“At least it would have been a quiet, peaceful departure,” Denise Kern said.
The way her daughter died gives her frequent nightmares, Denise Kern said, looking at Osborne, with whom Amanda Kern had a seven-month relationship.
“I envision the last moments of torture my daughter endured at the hands of you,” Kern said. “Thirty-nine times? This was not a snap decision. You clearly wanted her dead. You took my life, as well.”
Amanda Kern’s sister, Alyssa, 19, took the stand to say her sister’s death was “gruesome and unnecessary,” and that Amanda was “butchered” as part of a premeditated act.
“It takes a long time to count to 39,” Alyssa Kern said. “My sister was alive the whole time.”
Denise Kern said her daughter was a “bright, bubbly, happy child” who realized she was a lesbian during adolescence and began using marijuana and other drugs.
Amanda Kern graduated to heroin during high school, and her family — living in a “modest home with two loving parents” — placed her in drug-treatment programs several times, her mother said.
“Her life mattered, and it continued to matter ... drug use or not,” Denise Kern said.