As Judge L. Scott Coogler gave his verdict in October 2014, he told the North Alabama court that the crimes committed by Patricia and Matthew Ayers had been among the most heinous that he had ever encountered. Indeed, he said to the defendants, “I have been on the bench since 1998, and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with, including murders.”
His views were echoed by FBI Special Agent in Charge, Richard D. Schwein Jr., who would add in a press release, “The crimes the Ayers have admitted to are disturbing, inexcusable and sickening.” Government prosecutors had in fact requested the maximum sentences for the Ayers’ horrendous crimes.
So the couple are now destined to die behind bars. Patricia Ayers was given a total of 1,590 years in prison; her partner and co-defendant Matthew Ayers, meanwhile, was sentenced to 750 years for his actions. But what crimes could lead to such extraordinarily long sentences?