Woman convicted of cutting fetus from pregnant stranger

Catrece Dynel Lane, 34, is shown in this booking photo provided by the Longmont Police Department near Denver, Colorado in this March 19, 2015 file photo. A Colorado jury on February 23, 2016 convicted Lane of charges that she stabbed a pregnant stranger and cut the fetus from her womb, after luring the victim to her home with an online advertisement for free maternity clothes

A Colorado jury has convicted a woman of attempted murder and assault for stabbing a pregnant stranger and cutting her fetus from her womb. The attacker successfully lured the victim to her home with an online advertisement for free maternity clothes.

Dynel Catrece Lane, 35, was also found guilty in a Boulder courtroom of a charge for unlawfully terminating a pregnancy stemming from the March 2015 attack on 27-year-old Michelle Wilkins. 

Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, survived the attack but her unborn baby girl died.

The case renewed discussion of whether a fetus is a person and whether termination of a pregnancy can ever be considered murder. Prosecutors filed a charge of unlawful termination of a pregnancy against Lane after the Boulder County Coroner ruled the unborn child was a fetus rather than a baby because it had not taken a breath outside the womb.

Lane showed little emotion in court on Tuesday.

Wilkins also was present for the verdict and dabbed at her eyes with a tissue as it was read.

Boulder County District Court Judge Maria Berkenkotter set sentencing in the case for April 29. If the judge imposes consecutive sentences on Lane, she could face a maximum sentence of 140 years in prison.

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