- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Correction has canceled a hearing that had been mistakenly scheduled to determine whether to shorten the sentence of a woman convicted of killing her stepdaughter by forcing her to drink grape soda.

Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said 58-year-old Mary Vaughn was mistakenly certified for a hearing on June 15. Vaughn was sentenced six months ago to 15 years for aggravated child abuse and 20 years for second-degree murder.

It was not immediately clear when a new hearing would be scheduled.

Prosecutors said Vaughn and her husband forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink grape soda as punishment, killing her in January 2012. Vaughn’s husband was also sentenced to 35 years.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide