BELFAST – Convicted child murderer Sharon Kennedy will find out Friday how long she will be in prison for the brutal beating of her daughter.
Kennedy, 35, had a false marriage to Julio Carrillo, 52, who is serving 55 years for his role in the death of Kennedy’s oldest child, 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy.
Testimony at the December trial showed the 76-pound elementary school girl was beaten daily and sexually assaulted over several months causing her death in February 2018.
“The jury found that the way that she committed the murder was essentially by not getting help for her daughter,” Laura Shaw, who is representing Kennedy along with Chris MacLean, said Thursday.
The defense team says their client has a low IQ and was a victim of domestic violence and was controlled by Carrillo. The marriage was annulled in December.
The state is asking for the maximum penalty allowed by law – life in prison for the mother of four.
Kennedy’s three other children, all fathered by Carrillo, are now living with his parents in New York.
Her parents, who have been at every court date since her arrest, are expected to ask the judge for a lesser sentence. She faces 25 years to life.