Placerville, California: On Friday, July 8, 2022, Lindsay Piper was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for her role in the death of 11-year-old Roman Lopez.
Roman was initially reported missing on January 11, 2020 and soon thereafter his body was discovered.
While Roman's body didn't show any visible signs of trauma, he was noted as being "severely malnourished" and dehydrated. It was not until February 2021 that Lindsay and her husband, Jordan Piper were charged with Roman's death.
On Monday, May 16, Lindsay changed her plea from not-guilty to no contest on a charge of second-degree murder. As a part of the plea deal, the additional charges of child abuse, poisoning, and torture were dismissed.
At the sentencing hearing Judge Vicki Ashworth told Lindsay that she "didn't deserve to be [Roman's] stepmother," and that "the court can think of no more evil person" than her.
"It's truly appalling and horrific to know what this little boy went through at the hands of Piper," Ashworth stated.
One of eight children in the home, Roman was evidently not the only on to be abused.
The Mercury News reported on June 23 that Jordan had appeared in federal court where he stands charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
The complaint, obtained by Law and Crime, was filed on June 21, 2022. Currently there are no press releases addressing the charges on the Project Safe Childhood website.
According to the complaint, Jordan was found to be in possession of more than 400 images of an underaged girl which had been extracted from videos taken between October 3, 2019 and January 9, 2020 without her knowledge.
Should Jordan be convicted on the charge, he faces am mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to 30 years in prison. He could additionally face a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of at least 5 years to life.