LOUISVILLE, KY – A judge surprised everyone during the sentencing phase of a woman accused of killing her 8-month-old son by rejecting a plea deal the defense and prosecution had agreed upon.
First, here’s a little background. Back in 2010, police arrested Geneva Walters, accusing her being responsible for the drowning death of her son, Michael Cowherd. Police say Walters had given the boy adult-strength Tylenol before leaving him in the bathtub while she prepared formula, stopping short of placing a cinder block on the boy’s chest to keep him occupied.
She would be initially be charged with wanton endangerment and manslaughter, but earlier this year, Walters plead guilty to reckless homicide in a pretty sweet plea deal.
Both her defense and the prosecution had reached a plea agreement that would have Walters serving 60 days in jail and being placed on probation for five years. Not too bad for being an idiot who killed their kid.
Typically, judges will rule in favor of plea agreements, but Judge Stevens surprised everyone Thursday during sentencing when he bitch-slapped that plea deal into oblivion and then sentenced Walters to the maximum sentence of five years behind bars.
“Ms. Walters was responsible for this young life and this young life was an infant life. A helpless life. But she had responsibility for it and as a result of her actions or omissions, we’re without this young child,” Judge Stevens said during the court proceeding. <3
After getting over the initial shock, both sides took a brief recess. When they returned, the defense withdrew their plea and now Walters will be back in court again, but this time she will be facing a jury.
She will also be facing a stiffer sentence if convicted, as she will be on trial for the original charges of wanton endangerment and manslaughter. If found guilty, she could get 15 years.
Also -- and trust me when I say I do not judge people too harshly based on their looks or choice of clothing -- but I would think that if you were going to be facing a judge after admitting to being an absolute moron who drowned your baby, you'd do so without pink hair and facial jewelry.Tags: bathtub, Crime, Drowning, Geneva Walters, Kentucky, Michael Cowherd