14-Year Old Girl Gets Life In Prison

January 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

From the AP

A San Diego girl who admitted beating her adoptive mother to death with a claw hammer when she was 14 has been given 16 years to life in state prison.

Sixteen-year-old Heather Marie D’Aoust was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court.

Prosecutors say D’Aoust, who has serious psychological problems, stuck her adoptive mother at least 15 times with the hammer in the kitchen of their Scripps Ranch home in May 2008.

Rebecca D’Aoust, 56, died at a hospital.

The girl had argued with her mother a day earlier. An FBI agent testified that the teen’s cell phone had a text message about her plans to kill her mother.

The teen pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon

My comment: This case does not merit a life sentence given the age of the offender. The state uses a mandatory sentence of 15 to life for second-degree murder. A state sentencing commission that would terminate indeterminate life sentences and replace longer determinate solution.

The sentence should be 22 years plus five years of post-release supervision.

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