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Feb 14, 2014 5:10 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Woman pleads guilty in stepdaughter's death

A 38-year-old Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to a criminal conspiracy charge in the 2006 asphyxiation death of her heavily-insured 2-year-old stepdaughter.
Shelna Jackson Matamoros was initially charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Malaysia Chante Matamoros. The Advocate reports she pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
District Judge Chip Moore sentenced Matamoros under the terms of a plea agreement to 20 years in prison, giving her credit for the nearly three years she has been jailed since her 2011 indictment. More also suspended the balance of Matamoros' prison time and put her on active supervised probation for five years.

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