An Indiana teenager accused of stabbing her mother more than 60 times has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the ‘premeditated, heinous murder.’
Seventeen-year-old Chastinea T. Reeves was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in the February 2017 slaying of 34-year-old Jamie Garnett at their home in Gary, about 30 miles southeast of Chicago.
Reeves admitted she stabbed, cut and chopped her mother more than 60 times.
The Northwest Indiana Times reports that Reeves, who was 15 at the time of the slaying, was charged as an adult in Lake Superior Court.
Reeves cried as she told Judge Diane Boswell that she missed her mother and wished she hadn’t killed her.
Boswell asked Deputy Lake County Prosecutor Maureen Koonce to explain why a plea agreement called for the minimum sentence.
She outlined how evidence showed Reeves not only contemplated killing her mother the day of the murder, but had thought about it previously.
‘Not only is this a premeditated, heinous murder, it’s also your mother,’ Judge Boswell said in court. ‘I don’t get it. What are the mitigating factors that caused her to get the minimum?’
Defense attorney John Cantrell said Reeves was just 15 when she committed the crime and could be in her 50s by the time she is released.
‘She’s a child,’ he said. ‘She accepted responsibility, and she’s remorseful.’
He didn’t think Reeves had any chance of being acquitted at trial because prosecutors had the knife used to kill Garnett with Reeves’ fingerprint in blood according to the Chicago Tribune.
Judge Boswell said Reeves did not appear to be remorseful during previous court appearances and she asked Reeves to speak for herself.
After standing in silence for a moment, Judge Boswell encouraged her to speak up.
‘Tell me why you did this,’ she said. ‘Why did you feel you had to do this to your mom?’ Boswell asked.
‘I don’t want to talk about it,’ Reeves said mumbling to herself.
But the judge persisted, telling her it was a chance to explain why she should receive the minimum sentence.
‘I cannot accept this plea, and you can go to trial and face up to 65 years,’ Boswell said. ‘Help me understand why you did this. Your being young doesn’t impress me. You knew better. You knew better than this.’
Click here for more.
SOURCE: Daily Mail / Associated Press