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Wash. pair get decades in prison for girl’s death

Carri Williams was sentenced to 37 years.
Carri Williams was sentenced to 37 years.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A Washington couple accused of starving, beating, and forcing their adopted daughter outside as punishment were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison for her death. Carri and Larry Williams were convicted Sept. 9 of manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia. Carri Williams was also found guilty of homicide by abuse.

Hana Williams was found dead May 12, 2011, in the backyard of the family home in Sedro-Woolley, about 60 miles north of Seattle.

The autopsy said she died of hypothermia, with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors.

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Carri Williams was sentenced Tuesday to just under 37 years, the top of the standard sentencing range, by Judge Susan Cook, who said she probably deserved more time in prison, the Skagit Valley Herald reported. Her husband received a sentence of nearly 28 years.

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Cook vacated Carri Williams’s manslaughter conviction because she was convicted of homicide by abuse for the same conduct.

Both also were found guilty of assault of a child for punishing a boy they adopted in 2008 from Ethiopia at the same time as Hana.

Associated Press