- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois woman has received the maximum sentence of 14 years in prison for her 3-year-old daughter’s 2008 death.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1G9OQN7 ) reports 24-year-old Karrae Starr of Herrin was sentenced last week in Williamson County.

She was convicted during an October retrial of a lesser count of involuntary manslaughter, after prosecutors argued she covered Bianca Starr’s mouth and nose with the intent to kill her. Herrin police later found the girl unresponsive when they answered a 911 call from an apartment. The girl later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Starr was convicted in 2010 of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. But that verdict was thrown out on appeal.

Starr’s attorney insisted during the latest trial the girl’s death wasn’t intentional.


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