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Convicted Caro Drops Her Insanity Defense

November 07, 2001|From Times staff and wire reports

One day after she was convicted of killing her three young boys, Socorro Caro dropped her bid to be found legally insane.

The surprise decision Tuesday means that Caro has abandoned any possibility of being sent to a state mental hospital rather than prison. Instead, the 44-year-old Santa Rosa Valley woman will face either the death penalty or a life sentence without parole.

Accused of shooting her children as they slept, Caro was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. She had pleaded not guilty after the 1999 killings, but later amended that plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

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