Friday, January 28, 2005

Crime: Mother gets 7 to 15 years for beating her 4 year old daughter to death.

Circuit Judge Mary A. Chrzanowski sentenced Towanda Wright of Mount Clemens on Thursday on the manslaughter conviction. Wright originally was charged with felony murder and faced the possibility of life in prison without parole. "The thing we have to make sure we don't forget is this 4-year-old girl. This was a tragic end to an unhappy little life," said assistant prosecutor Robert Merrelli. "Who speaks for her? We would have hoped for a first-degree murder conviction, but we don't question the judgment of the jury or the court."
Way to be a tough prosecutor there Merrelli.
Authorities say that Wright was angry that daughter Shania Webster was slow to be toilet trained and beat her head against a bathtub in their home and sodomized her with a gravy spoon on Jan. 24, 2004. Wright was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A jury on Dec. 13 convicted her of manslaughter and first-degree child abuse but acquitted her of criminal sexual conduct
I would have said death by hanging or running her over with a bus, but seven to 15 for sodomizing and hitting a 4 year old head against a bathtub, is probably the "compassionate" thing to do.

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