Woman, 76, Gets 10 Years for 1957 Murder of Daughter
Judge rejects leniency for Ruby Klakow of Wisconsin
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 4:39 PM CDT
Ruby Klokow, behind glass, reacts to being sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Sheboygan, Wis.   (AP Photo/The Sheboygan Press, Bruce Halmo)

(Newser) – Prosecutors wanted the judge to impose a 45-day jail sentence along with 10 years of probation. Instead, she gave 76-year-old Ruby Klokow of Sheboygan 10 years in prison after Klokow pleaded no contest to killing her infant daughter in 1957, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A lesser sentence would "unduly depreciate" the crime, the judge ruled. Klokow could be eligible for parole in two and a half years.

Klokow admits that she flung her 6-month-old daughter to the floor in a fit of anger, but for years she claimed it was an accident. When her son was 11, she actually blamed him for the death, saying his fussing as an 18-month-old at the time had distracted her and caused her to drop the baby. He ran away at age 13 and started digging into the case as an adult when an aunt told him the truth. "I always wanted a sister," the 57-year-old told the judge. "I did not know I had a sister until my mom accused me of killing my baby sister when I was 11 years old."

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Rational.-Anarchist
May 5, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
I don't see this "crime" as any different than all the child murders by abortionists! Oh, but of course they have the "legal" right & blessing to do so!
Libris_Fidelis
May 4, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
That's a pretty light life sentence I'd say.
HANKHILL
May 3, 2013 8:11 PM CDT
what no probation later? bet she goes on a big time killing spree when she gets out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!