"A teenager who said she killed her parents and the family's pet dog because of struggles with her gender identity has been sentenced to 40 years in jail. Andrea Balcer was 17 at the time when she “snapped” and fatally stabbed her parents Alice and Antonio Balcer at their home in Winthrop, Maine, on October 31, 2016. Balcer alleged she was struggling to deal with her transition from male to female and that her family offered her no support during this time. Balcer also claimed she was molested for years by her mother and physically and mentally abused by her father, accusations the rest of the family fervently denied. After launching the frenzied attack, which included stabbing her mother nine times, Balcer then killed the family’s chihuahua because it kept on barking, reports Central Maine. Balcer, now aged 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional or knowing murder and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, Maine, in September. Appearing at the same court, Balcer asked for forgiveness from the rest of her family while being sentenced to 40 years in jail. “I made a terrible mistake, one that cost the lives of the two people that gave me life and raised me,” Balcer said, reports Central Maine. “I am only here to ask for one thing: That is the forgiveness of my family.” The defendant’s brother, Christopher Balcer, who Balcer spared on the night of the attack, wrote a letter to her in prison to say how he had not forgiven her."