Throughout the trial, Rusty Yates stood by his wife, claiming it was the illness and not Andrea that had killed the children. She pleaded innocence by reason of insanity citing postpartum psychosis. In March 2002, a jury rejected the insanity defense and found Yates guilty of first degree murder, sentencing her to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 40 years. That same year, The Yates Children's Memorial Fund was established in memory of the children. Rusty Yates divorced Andrea during her incarceration in 2004 and remarried in 2006.