FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint woman whose twins died about two months apart was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison after she pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in one of the deaths.
The grandmother, CaSandra Edwards, arrived at court with urns holding the ashes of Jordan Shelton and twin sister Ja’Mya, who were 2 when they died in 2013.
“No person in their right mind should ever be able to walk out these doors and live a full, healthy life,” Edwards said.
Jordan died of blunt force trauma, two months after Ja’Mya died from suffocation.
Their mother, Crystal Shelton-Randolph, pleaded no contest in Jordan’s death, but a murder charge in Ja’Mya’s case was dismissed by a judge, who said there was a lack of evidence.
Shelton-Randolph, 25, will be eligible for parole after 15 years behind bars, including two years already spent in jail.
“My incarceration started long before I ever made it to the Genesee County jail,” she told Judge Geoffrey Neithercut. “I’ve been a prisoner emotionally and mentally … by the trauma of my past abuse inflicted by my children’s biological father.”
Neithercut said Shelton-Randolph’s crime “shocks the community.”
“I hope it shocks you with reflection,” he said.
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