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Mother gets 35 years for killing 2 sons

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - A 30-year-old South Carolina mother will spend the next 35 years in prison for suffocating her two sons, then putting them in her car and staging a crash into a river after a fight with her mother over her parenting skills.

Shaquan Duley said nothing during the less-than 10-minute hearing Friday except a quiet “yes, sir’’ as Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson asked her questions about the day in August 2010 she killed 2-year-old Devean and 18-month-old Ja’van by putting her hand over their mouths in a rundown motel room. The single parent was living with her mother, had no job, and was depressed and upset about multiple issues at the time of the slayings.

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