In court, the District Attorney’s Office says Mardell claimed the act was self-defense. However, on March 18, a Fayette County Jury convicted her of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. According to the District Attorney’s Office, she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In response to the verdict, District Attorney Broder said in a statement, "John Mardell’s death was avoidable, senseless, and horribly violent. My deepest thanks goes to the investigators with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and to my team for working so hard to bring justice to John."
Broder added, "ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Hiatt said to the Judge during sentencing that this case 'needs to send a message to this county that violence like this will not be tolerated.' The jury sent that message with its verdict and the Judge sent that message with her sentence."