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Too old to go to prison for life??

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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Jail, probation for 76-year-old mom in 1957 murder

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 76-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of killing her infant daughter more than a half-century ago will serve 45 days in jail and 10 years' probation, under a plea agreementapproved Monday.

Ruby Klokow was charged with second-degree murder in the 1957 death of her 6-month-old daughter, Jeaneen, only after her son, James Klokow Jr., came forward in 2008 with horrific stories of childhood abuse.

District Attorney Joe De Cecco cited Klokow's advanced age and health as factors in the agreement approved by Sheboygan County District Judge Angela Sutkiewicz. De Cecco said if Klokow had been tried, she might have been acquitted altogether and walked free. A jury could no longer have convicted her of a lesser charge, such as manslaughter, because of the statute of limitations.

No charges were filed after Jeaneen's death in 1957. Ruby Klokow told the police that the baby had fallen off a sofa while she was tending to a crying James. An autopsy found that Jeaneen had suffered two brain hemorrhages, a partially collapsed lung and three scalp bruises.

At a preliminary hearing five decades later, a forensic pathologist who reviewed documents in the case testified that the severity of the injuries didn't match Klokow's explanation.

According to a criminal complaint, Klokow admitted causing her daughter's death.

Klokow had been free pending trial and will remain free until formal sentencing April 15. After the plea hearing, she told reporters, "It's not over until it's over."

Her attorney, Kirk Obear, said he thought the case against Klokow was unfair.

"There were witnesses that could have been interviewed that have long since died," he said.

Scott Klokow, another of Ruby Klokow's children, was found dead in his crib seven years after Jeaneen died. No charges have been filed in his death.

Obear noted that Jeaneen and Scott were exhumed but that nothing was discovered at odds with the initial accidental death rulings.

DeCecco's announcement last week of a plea agreement came as a relief to James Klokow, now 57. He said he had feared his mother "turning and questioning (him) on the stand." In an interview with The Associated Press, he said his mother had regularly beaten and choked him.

The case was delayed several times after Klokow was charged in 2011, including for mental tests to see if she was competent to stand trial.

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mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Nope. She did the crime... now she has to pay for being a disgusting abuser and murderer.
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DaLordsMezNger
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Who voted no?
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Firenygirl180
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM
From what i gather she was charged because her living son said she was abusive when they were children but the autopsies say that the deaths were accidental. If the case had gone to trial she may have gotten off with no punishment and be completely free.
The article states that her health was a factor in this decision and of course there is no elaboration on that. I would day she delservesa little more jail tune, but if she is genuinely ill than she will cost the state a lot more by being in prison.
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GirlWSemiAuto
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

 She took a plea bargain. They're typically a lot gentler than if you went to trial.

LoveonHollySt
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

With these horrific actions under her belt she deserves the same she dished out.

Courtney610
by Courtney on Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM
How sad.
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.Peaches.
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Wow, really?

Oh, I'm so not gonna say what I'm thinking, because it isn't EVEN nice.

maddiesmommy5
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

 THIS! she killed her own baby for crying out loud!

Quoting DaLordsMezNger:

Who voted no?

 

MrsLondon
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM
Yeah, I can't believe anyone vote no. She admitted causing her daughters death. Her daughter never got to live and don't think she should ever be free.
MrsLondon
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

BUMP!

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