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|Monmouth Man Convicted in 1998 Death
|A Monmouth man suspected of killing a three year old child he was in the process of adopting has been found guilty of a lesser charge.
56 year old Tommy Richardson was found guilty in Warren County Circuit Court Tuesday of a single count of Involuntary Manslaughter, during what is known as a "stipulated bench trial," where a prosecutor describes the evidence in a case, and a judge makes an immediate guilty or not guilty finding.
Richardson agreed to the stipulated bench trial after deciding Monday to plead guilty, then changed his mind.
Richardson's attorney, Thomas Siegel, tells WGIL it's not the outcome he wanted.
"I was really hoping for an opportunity to prevail in a jury trial in this case."
But Siegel says the plea deal of sorts was struck, in a way, because that's what Richardson wanted.
"I think that Tommy's poor and declining health may have played a factor in his decision, but you'd really have to ask Tommy to be sure of that."
Richardson is accused of suffocating three year old Kayla Richardson in June of 1998, a case that had gone cold until Monmouth Police re-opened it last year, which led to a grand jury indictment on two counts of murder. Those charges were dismissed in court.
Another part of the plea deal: Judge Dwayne Morrison agreed to a cap of six years in prison when Richardson is sentenced February first, instead of the maximum 14 years. Morrison says, however, he may not adhere to that cap if there are serious problems found in a pre-sentence investigation he ordered.
Richardson remains jailed on three million dollars bond.
(Tommy Richardson. File Photo.)
(Kayla Richardson and Tommy Richardson, in a 1996 photo. Courtesy Thomas Siegel. Used with permission of family.)
|12 01 10 by Newsroom
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