About a month after the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed the second-degree murder conviction of a Shreveport mother whose 6-year-old daughter died in a fire, a Caddo Parish District Judge sentenced Satonia Small to 5 years of hard labor with credit for time served.
After being left home alone, Sha'Jaberne Small died of smoke inhalation in a kitchen fire that broke out in her mother's apartment in January 2008. Satonia Small was convicted of second-degree murder in August 2010.
Her attorneys appealed, arguing that prosecutors never proved that Small was directly responsible for the death of her daughter.
Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court agreed, publishing an opinion reversing Small's second degree murder conviction and entered a conviction for negligent homicide.
The Louisiana Supreme Court agreed, publishing an opinion reversing Small's second-degree murder conviction and entering a conviction for negligent homicide.
At the time, Small already had served more than 4 years and 9 months. On Tuesday, Caddo District Judge Mike Pitman sentenced Small to 5 years of hard labor on a charge of negligent homicide.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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