A 76-year-old Wisconsin mother has been sentenced to jail in the 1957 murder of her infant daughter.
On Monday, Ruby Klokow entered a no contest plea to a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death of her 9-month-old daughter, Jeaneen. As part of an agreement, prosecutors have recommended that Klokow serve just 45 days in jail followed by a 10 year probation period.
According to The Greenbay Press Gazette, if they had gone forward with a jury trial, prosecutors would have been forced to try the defendant under 1957 law. If Klokow was found guilty of a lesser offense, her crime may have been nonpunishable under the statute of limitations.
Taking the risk of a trial and the woman’s age into consideration, Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco reported encouraged the plea agreement. Prior to jail sentence, the 76-year-old mother reportedly claimed remorse for the 1957 murder.
Klokow was not charged in 1957 for the death of her infant daughter. At the time, she told police that Jeaneen had suffered injuries after falling from a couch. The child’s death was subsequently ruled accidental.
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