Crime Woman sentenced to life in prison for beating disabled person to death
Oklahoma court upholds woman's conviction in son's death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the murder and child neglect convictions of a woman for the death of her 8-month-old son and neglect of her 16-month-old daughter. The court rejected appeals by Ruth Ann Lewis, 25, of Tulsa, who was sentenced to life in prison for the child's death plus 13 years for neglect of both her son and daughter. The son, identified only as Z.M., died in May 2016 of what an autopsy report said was blunt force trauma to the head. Lewis' attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment.
Diane Reid, 57, was sentenced Friday to life in a state prison facility for second-degree murder, according to the State of Florida.
Officials said Reid was also sentenced to 15 years for neglect of a disabled adult, a second-degree felony, to be served concurrently with the life sentence.
Chief Circuit Judge Raul A. Zambrano rendered the sentence.
According to the report, on July 15, 2017, Reid beat the victim to death. She then called law enforcement officers to report that the victim was not breathing. When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they found the deceased victim with severe bruising and injuries, officials said. After further investigation, it was determined that Reid took out a life insurance policy on the disabled victim with herself as the beneficiary.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has signed an execution warrant for a Washington County man who was sentenced to death in 2015 for killing his estranged girlfriend. A notice for 31-year-old Jordan Clemons’ execution was signed Monday and is set for March 13, prison records show. The execution likely won’t take place due to a moratorium issued by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015, however. A total of 470 warrants haveA notice for 31-year-old Jordan Clemons’ execution was signed Monday and is set for March 13, prison records show. The execution likely won’t take place due to a moratorium issued by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015, however.
Assistant State Attorney Tammy Jaques prosecuted the case before Chief Judge Zambrano. A Volusia County jury had previously convicted Reid in December 2019.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza had the following to say about the case: "The defendant bound and beat our disabled and defenseless victim to death over a life insurance policy. It is especially troubling that the defendant was the caretaker of our victim, and used her position of trust to feed her greedy agenda."
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