Nanny sentenced to 70 years for 4-month-old’s death

Deputy Douglas County Attorneys Beth Beninato and Amy Jacobsen spent numerous long days, evenings, and weekends preparing for and trying this case. KETV covers the sentencing:

Judge Mark Ashford handed down a 70-year sentence for [the defendant], 25, on Monday morning.

According to a police interview, [she] gave different accounts of how the baby was injured. She eventually said she slipped, causing the baby to fall down the stairs.

[The baby] died from severe skull fractures a few days later.

Prosecutors said [the defendant’s] failure to act after Bell’s fall and her multiple versions of what happened showed her lack of credibility.

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Serial rapist convicted, facing up to 140 years in prison

An excellent job by Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle to obtain the convictions and prevent the victims from having to testify and re-live their traumatic experiences. The Omaha World Herald covers the story:

“We meet with murder victims’ families all the time who say, ‘We’ll do everything we can to help you convict the bad guy,’ ” Beadle said. “But you sometimes get the opposite reaction in rape cases. It’s difficult because you’re expecting the victim to get up and talk about very intimate things.”

[The defendant]’s five survivors won’t have to go through that trauma after Monday’s plea. In part because of Beadle’s persistence, all five had agreed to testify against [the defendant] at trial this week. A few did so reluctantly.

Beadle and [Douglas County Attorney] Kleine said they had no doubt that [the defendant] attacked or planned to attack other women. Police found video indicating that he had stalked women — including cellphone video he took up women’s skirts as they shopped.

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