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Sentence cut in half for woman who killed girl

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A judge has ordered a 100-year prison sentence cut in half for a woman who killed a 3-year-old girl in her care, to the surprise of the girl's family.

District Judge Edward Jacobson on Thursday ordered Rochelle Sapp's two 50-year prison sentenced to be served at the same time.

That cuts her sentence in half.

Sapp pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death in exchange for prosecutors dropping a first-degree murder charge.

As part of the deal, she agreed to the back-to-back sentences.

But the judge said he reconsidered because Sapp had no prior record and has been a model prisoner.
 

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