"Downs continues to fail to demonstrate any honest insight into her criminal behavior," Harcleroad wrote. "She continues to blame others for the commission of her crimes, and blames her attorney, the police officers, the prosecutor and others for her convictions. Even after her convictions, she continues to fabricate new versions of events under which the crimes occurred."
At trial, a jury believed the prosecution's assertion that Downs drove to the isolated road, got a .22-caliber handgun out of the trunk and shot her children. She then shot herself in the arm before driving to a hospital, prosecutors said.