KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just hours after a jury found Jacole Prince guilty of child abuse, endangerment and assault, it handed down its recommendation to a judge for sentencing on Friday night. Prince wasn’t present after she left the courtroom following several outbursts when her daughter LP’s foster mom took the stand during the sentencing phase.
Prince didn’t hear when the judge announced that the jury recommended she serve the maximum seven years each for the child abuse and child endangering charges, and 20 years for assault.
LP described the attacks she endured in a letter she read in court, saying she hit her, whooped her, and didn`t feed her day and night. LP said she was happy she couldn`t hurt her anymore now that she`s in jail.
“It’s a very emotional topic when you are talking about abused kids, certainly for me, that is not something this community should tolerate,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
Prince contended that she is a good mom and accused LP’s foster mom of lying and putting words in LP’s mouth.
The jury could have recommended life in prison; prosecutors had asked for 30 years on the most serious charge for assault. Prince could still serve that and more as it will be up to the judge to determine whether the sentences are concurrent or consecutive. He also could lower the sentence, but can`t raise it. A date for final sentencing hasn`t been set yet.