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Indiana woman who strangled her stepdaughter receives life sentence

MARION, Indiana (AP) – A northern Indiana woman convicted of murder in the strangling death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Amanda Carmack, of Gas City, was sentenced in a hearing Wednesday. A jury convicted her last month of murder, strangulation, negligence and bodily harm in the murder of Skylea Carmack. She was arrested days after her stepdaughter’s body was found in garbage bags in a shed behind the family home in September 2019. When questioned by police, Amanda Carmack admitted to strangling the girl in the shed.

Carmack was first tried for the murder last year, but the judge declared the trial canceled after four people involved in the proceedings tested positive for COVID-19. She was retried this year and sentenced.

Carmack’s lawyer, who argued during the trial that the murder was not premeditated, told WANE-TV he would appeal the conviction.