DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for fatally beating her 4-year-old son.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 27-year-old Mikkia Shardae Lewis was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. She had previously been facing a first-degree murder charge and possible death sentence.
Lewis's boyfriend, 38-year-old Joe McCaskell, called 911 in April 2013 to report that Ke'Andre Coleman wasn't breathing. A paramedic said the child was already in rigor mortis when first-responders arrived at the South Daytona home, meaning he had been dead for some time. Lewis later told police that she had apparently "whooped him too much."
McCaskell was sentenced to 30 years in prison in May after a jury convicted him of third-degree felony murder.
Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com
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