- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

BAY CITY, MICH. (AP) - A Michigan woman whose murder conviction and life sentence were overturned has gone free after pleading no contest to first-degree child abuse in the 1999 death of her 7-year-old daughter.

The Bay City Times reports 49-year-old Donna Yost walked out of jail Friday after entering the plea in Bay County Circuit Court.

A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as one for criminal law purposes.

WNEM-TV reports Yost was sentenced to three years’ probation.

A jury in 2006 convicted Yost of giving her daughter, Monique, a fatal dose of antidepressant to block an sex-abuse investigation. The state appeals court later ordered a new trial, saying too much evidence for the defense was excluded at trial.

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