Mother sentenced to 10 years in baby's death

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2007

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman who pleaded guilty to killing her baby by smashing her head repeatedly against the floor will likely have to spend more time in prison.

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Sharon Marchetti, 24, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement in the death of Esther Marchetti in 2005.

Superior Court Judge Philip Volland sentenced her to 10 years in prison, suspending five of them. She also received seven years of probation.

At her sentencing hearing, a tearful Marchetti addressed the court, saying she didn't realize her daughter was so fragile. She said she felt regret every day for the baby's death.

Marchetti first pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, but she recently changed her plea to guilty of manslaughter.

At the time of the death, Marchetti told police the baby had died as a result of a seizure.

When she addressed the court on Tuesday, Marchetti read from a sheet of paper in a low, emotion-drenched voice: "I always loved her. I never intended to hurt her."

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