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Adacia Chambers sentenced to life in prison

Adacia Chambers apologized to the victims of the deadly Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash and told the judge she didn't want to put the families of the victims more pain Tuesday in Payne County Court.

Adacia Chambers enters the court room in in Stillwater, Okla. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Photo by Kurt Steiss, The Oklahoman
Adacia Chambers enters the court room in in Stillwater, Okla. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Photo by Kurt Steiss, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab reported that Chambers entered a no contest plea, which resolved the murder case without a trial. She was sentenced to life in prison.

You can read more about the events that led to Tuesday's outcome in our in-depth coverage on the crash, The Intersection.

Chambers drove her car through police barricades and into a crowd at the Oct. 24, 2015 parade. Four spectators died, including a 2-year-old boy, and dozens were injured in the melee. 

At court in Stillwater, Chambers said she was suffering from psychosis, a condition defined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness as "disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t."

Dozens of victims spoke in court to the lingering emotional and physical trauma brought on by the crash.

During the emotional plea hearing, Chambers apologized to the victims, saying, “There are not words to express how sorry I am. If only I could change the past.”

One victim, Teresa Edwards, called Chambers' actions an “evil act of violence.”

Dominique Davis and Tyler Smith comfort each other at the memorial. Davis, from Grapevine, TX, is a freshman majoring in physiology, pre-med and statistics. Smith is visiting her from Arlington, TX. They attended the parade but were several blocks away from the crash scene. People continue to leave remembrances and tributes to the victims of Saturday's tragedy at a memorial on the southwest corner of Main Street and Hall of Fame. Hundreds of items adorn the traffic pole and the ground around it as visitors placed flowers, stuffed animals, candles, balloons, religious items, decorated posters and personalized notes to express their love and sorrow for those affected by the crash. Adacia Chambers, 25, made her first court appearance via video in front of Special District Judge Katherine Thomas in the Payne County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Dominique Davis and Tyler Smith comfort each other at the memorial. Davis, from Grapevine, TX, is a freshman majoring in physiology, pre-med and statistics. Smith is visiting her from Arlington, TX. They attended the parade but were several blocks away from the crash scene. People continue to leave remembrances and tributes to the victims of Saturday's tragedy at a memorial on the southwest corner of Main Street and Hall of Fame. Hundreds of items adorn the traffic pole and the ground around it as visitors placed flowers, stuffed animals, candles, balloons, religious items, decorated posters and personalized notes to express their love and sorrow for those affected by the crash. Adacia Chambers, 25, made her first court appearance via video in front of Special District Judge Katherine Thomas in the Payne County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.

Chambers also told the judge she was entering a plea because she didn't want to put the families of the victims through any more pain.

“My prayers are always with the victims. I was suffering from psychosis that day,” Chambers said. “This tragedy shouldn't have happened.”

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