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Teen sentenced for killing mother, stepfather

Ashlee Martinson wipes away tears while watching a video clip during her sentencing Friday, June 10, 2016, at Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander, Wis. Next to Martinson is her defense attorney Thomas Wilmouth. (T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via AP)

Ashlee Martinson wipes away tears while sitting next to her defense attorney, Thomas Wilmouth, during her sentencing on Friday at the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander. (T’xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via AP)

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A rural Rhinelander teenager will spend 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather.

Eighteen-year-old Ashlee Martinson was sentenced Friday. After serving her prison time, Martinson will be on extended supervision for 17 years.

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek asked the judge to sentence Martinson to 40 years in prison. Defense attorneys argued for eight years in prison.

Daily-Herald Media reports Judge Michael Bloom said Martinson had a choice, despite the abusive environments she was forced to live in.

Court documents say Martinson shot her stepfather, 37-year-old Thomas Ayers, and then stabbed her mother, 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers, more than 30 times. The killings happened in March of 2015, when Martinson was 17.

Martinson told authorities she had been mentally and verbally abused by her stepfather.

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