ELLSWORTH — A Bucksport woman was given a plea agreement in the beating death of her former boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.
Savannah Smith, 22, was charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old Kloe Hawksley but in a plea agreement, Smith entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Justice Robert Murray approved the deal and sentenced Smith to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended during a hearing Thursday at the Hancock County Courthouse.
“On October 18th, 2017 my entire world was taken. There is no retribution, no amount of time served that will ever bring Kloe back,” the toddler’s mother, Keeli Cousins, said during the proceedings.
Jeffrey Silverstein, Smith’s attorney, said the following on his client’s behalf. He said with good time, Smith could get out in six years.
“I know that the family had some misgivings but these cases are always in the nature of compromise,” he said.
The prosecutor said the sentence provides Smith the opportunity to turn her life around.
“We are hopeful that through programs at whatever corrections facility she’s assigned to, she will improve herself and realize the significance of what she did to 2-year-old Kloe,” said Leanne Robbin, assistant attorney general for the state of Maine.
Smith offered an apology before she was sentenced.
“I’d like to address the family of Kloe. I’m sorry for the role I had in what happened,” she said.
Smith was dating the girl’s father, Tyler Hawksley, when the death occurred.
“I cannot express enough the pain, anger and frustration that this has caused over these past years. But I will not let this consume me and my family. We will grow with the spirit of Kloe in our hearts and in our memories and our minds,” Hawksley said.
“Today she will be judged by this courtroom but her final judgment day is the day she meets her maker,” he later added.
“Every morning, I have to remind myself that in the end, Kloe will no longer be abused,” the child’s mother said. “Owen and I will spend the rest of our lives trying to heal and I can only hope that somehow there is justice for Kloe.”