Bailey Boswell, who was charged with the murder and dismemberment of Sydney Loofe back in 2017, avoided the death penalty and was given life in prison plus 50 years on Monday. Many are trying to understand why the judges didn’t give Boswell the harsher punishment after the horrible crimes that she committed.

Bailey Boswell received life in prison after her involvement in the 2017 murder of Sydney Loofe. (Credit: YouTube)
Bailey Boswell received life in prison after her involvement in the 2017 murder of Sydney Loofe. (Credit: YouTube)

Her boyfriend and accomplice, 55-year-old Aubrey Trail, was sentenced to death in June 2021. They were both convicted of first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains.

Boswell's boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, was sentenced to death for his involvement in the murder and dismemberment last June. (Credit: YouTube)
Boswell’s boyfriend, Aubrey Trail, was sentenced to death for his involvement in the murder and dismemberment last June. (Credit: YouTube)

Boswell’s sentencing came down to the opinions of three Nebraska judges. The state requires a three person majority to hand down the death sentence. For the death penalty, the three judge panel must find that the defendant committed the crime with “exceptional depravity.”

This is determined by five factors: apparent relishing of murder, infliction of gratuitous violence, needless mutilation of the victim, senselessness of the crime, and helplessness of the victim.

Judge Johnson and Judge Darla Ideus agreed with these terms and voted for the death sentence. They said in court that “Sydney Loofe was a 24-year-old vulnerable woman who found herself in an apartment with Boswell and a man twice her age and size. Her wrists were bound and she wasn’t able to defend her self. Sydney Loofe was a helpless victim.”

Judge Peter Bataillon disagreed with the statements made by his fellow judges and told the court that he could not give the death penalty to Bailey Boswell.

The judge made a statement in court and said, “I could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that the state met its burden of proof as to this aggravating circumstance.”

While Sydney Loofe’s family has yet to comment on the court’s decision, Boswell’s family and attorney were happy with the life sentence. “My reaction is we are grateful I know Bailey is grateful for the sake of her family, particularly her daughter Nola that she received a life sentence and that’s my feelings as well,” said Todd Lancaster, Boswell’s defense attorney.

Sydney Loofe was murdered back in 2017 after she was lured off of Tinder by Bailey Boswell and Aubrey Trail. (Credit: Facebook)
Sydney Loofe was murdered back in 2017 after she was lured off of Tinder by Bailey Boswell and Aubrey Trail. (Credit: Facebook)

While Boswell was charged in 2020 for the murder of Sydney Loofe, the crime actually took place in 2017. According to reports, Boswell and her boyfriend catfished Loofe on Tinder and pretended to be a girl named “Aubrey.” The two suspects then lured the Lincoln, Nebraska woman to their home in Wilbur where they killed and dismembered her. According to the autopsy, cause of death was strangulation.

Police reports show that Baliey Boswell and Aubrey Trail were caught on video buying saws, trash bags and bleach before meeting up with Loofe for their “date.”

The body was cut up into 14 pieces and found in trash bags located in a Nebraska field. Loofe was reported missing on November 16 2017 and her body wasn’t found until Dec. 4 of that year. According to police reports, there was unnecessary mutilation to the body, including superficial cuts around the young girl’s tattoo.

Judge Johnson argued in court that “the murder was coldly calculated, Boswell relished the murder, there was needless viewed mutilation of the body. The murder was senseless and Sydney Loofe was a helpless victim. Ms. Loofe was needlessly mutilated by Trail and Boswell as part of the plan to satisfy her sexual desire. The mutilation was not done as an afterthought to hide the body,” said Johnson.

With the anniversary of her death coming up, the Loofe family is currently focusing on remembering their daughter. Their lawyer, Attorney General Doug Peterson, made a statement on their behalf after the verdict was released. He said, “Throughout the criminal process, Sydney’s family has persevered with dignity. With the criminal case coming to a close and the anniversary of her death approaching our thoughts are with the Loofe family during this difficult time.”