The London man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents at their Watford-area home in 2014 learned his fate Thursday in a London courtroom.
Jeremy Gubbels was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The emotional courtroom was filled with close to two dozen family members, including Jeremy’s sister Amanda.
Her victim impact statement was recorded on video and played for the courtroom.
In it, she said that she was disgusted by her brother’s actions, and ashamed to be related to someone who could do such a thing. She went as far as asking her doctor’s office not to announce her name over the loudspeaker when calling her in from the waiting room during appointments so she would not be associated with her brother’s heinous crimes.
Gubbels was arrested on July 13th, 2014 after his father’s body was found inside a vehicle in a parking lot in London.
Earlier that same night, his mother was found dead inside the family home on Arkona Rd. northeast of Watford.
Amanda was the first person to arrive at her parents’ home that night. She said that the sight of the blood-soaked hardwood is something she will never forget, and that she now suffers from anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jeremy sat in a white t-shirt with his head down, popping up to blow his nose or wipe away tears.
Amanda added that she is scared of her brother, and was certain that on the night of the murders her brother came to London to kill her too.
“I don’t expect I will ever visit my brother,” she said in her statement. “I want him to be alone. I want him to feel the weight of murdering the only two people who would love him unconditionally.”
She would add in a letter addressed to her brother, “I hope you rot in jail. I hope you suffer every single day. I hope you have nightmares,” and “Farewell my former brother. I am letting you go.”
During his last court appearance in April, Gubbels pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
Horrific details of the Gubbels’ deaths were read aloud in an agreed statement of facts in court in April, which included graphic details of how both his parents were killed, and their bodies mutilated.
On Thursday, the judge said one of the most macabre issues of the case is that he had a “big appetite” after the murders, as he was arrested at a restaurant after ordering a steak dinner.
Gubbels had dealt with mental health issues and a number of run-ins with the police. Despite that, his parents (Mario and Sue) continued to try to help their son.
An uncle had said that Jeremy had begun abusing drugs and alcohol in his early 20s. In late 2011, Jeremy was charged with ransacking his family’s home, causing $100,000 in damage.
In his decision, the judge made clear that Gubbels has the right to apply for parole after 25 years, but in his opinion, he should never be released from prison because of his “callous and remorseless act of butchery.”