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Grandma gets life without parole

4 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, May 11 2015 May 11, 2015 May 11, 2015 7:58 PM May 11, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

GADSDEN, ALABAMA- A woman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for making her granddaughter run until she died.

Joyce Hardin Garrard denied she meant harm but told the jury at her trial she was making the girl run as practice because she wanted to do better in a race at school. Nine-year-old Savannah Hardin collapsed after running and died three days later.

Prosecutors say Gerrard made her run for hours as punishment for a lie about candy.

Gerrard held hands with her defense lawyer as the sentence was handed down on Monday. The jury recommended life in prison but the decision was left to the judge.

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