Tabitha Messina, left, next to her defense attorney John H.
Carson glances in the direction
of family members in the back of the
courtroom prior to being sentenced to 60 years to
life in Cuyahoga
County Common Pleas Court.
Joann Bartell holds a photograph of her murdered daughter Sandra
Cover as convicted murderer Tabitha
Messina cries, right, prior to
being sentenced to 60 years to life by Judge Timothy E. McMonagle in
Cuyahoga County Commom Pleas Court. In foreground is prosecutor
Patrick J. Thomas.
Carlos Christopher talks with his attorney,
John Pyle in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Tabitha Messina and
Carlos Christopher broke into Richard Messina's house, located at
Donwell in South Euclid, and attacked the two with an axe and a
crowbar while they slept
in Richard Messina's bedroom.
Richard Messina Sr.,
Sandra Cover, 43.