BELFAST – Jurors decided Wednesday Sharon Carrillo participated in the daily beatings of her oldest child.
Ten-year-old Marissa Kennedy had 40 to 50 visible bruises and injuries on her 76-pound body when she died on Feb. 25, 2018, in Stockton Springs.
For that and the fact Sharon Carrillo, 35, took zero responsibility for the death of her daughter, state prosecutors say they are going to ask for the maximum penalty allowed by law.
Kennedy’s stepfather admitted his role in the girl’s death earlier this year and is behind bars.
“The judge gave Julio Carrillo a credit for accepting responsibility and gave him a 55-year sentence,” said Don Macomber, Assistant Attorney General, on the steps of the courthouse. “Given the fact that Mr. Carrillo is in his early 50s, Julio Carrillo is going to die in prison for what he did to Marissa Kennedy.”
The prosecutor, who worked with the case with Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea, added, “And it’s our full intention to seek a life sentence for Sharon Carrillo and she sure did not accept responsibility in this case.”
The defense team argued that Sharon Carrillo has a low IQ, was the victim of severe domestic violence and was controlled by her husband.
After the verdict, her attorney said he would continue to battle for his client at her sentencing and when he files an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court.
“This is the first stage in the process because we’re not done fighting for Sharon Carrillo,” said Chris MacLean, who is representing Carrillo along with Laura Shaw.
Sharon Carrillo’s dad was upset with state prosecutors, local police and Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.
“Unfortunately, I think domestic abuse, not only spousal abuse but child abuse, is way too prevalent in today’s society,” said Joe Kennedy, with his wife and Sharon’s aunt standing beside him. “And for it to be overlooked in this case is as far as I’m concerned is a travesty.”
He added, “I have a dead granddaughter because of this. I do not think justice was done today.”
Carrillo’s sentencing will not be held until after the new year.