- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky woman who confessed to smothering her baby half-sister to death has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Jessica Marcum pleaded guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors. A Madison County grand jury had indicted her on a charge of wanton murder after the case was transferred from juvenile court.

The Richmond Register (https://bit.ly/1t1gLvn) reports Madison Circuit Judge Jean Logue imposed the sentence recommended by the prosecution.

Marcum was 17 when her sister, nine-month-old Bella Rose Marcum, died in her care in June 2013. Initially, she claimed the death was accidental, but prosecutors pursued criminal charges in adult court.

Madison Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith says he did not want to run the risk of acquittal or having a jury convict Marcum of a lesser crime.


Information from: Richmond Register, https://www.richmondregister.com

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