An Indiana teen who stabbed her mother to death two years ago told the judge she missed the deceased shortly before she was handed a 45-year prison sentence.
17-year-old Chastinea Reeves appeared on Wednesday alongside her attorney John Cantrell before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell, The Chicago Tribune reported.
According to NWI Times, Boswell required Cantrell and deputy prosecutor Maureen Koonce to explain why Reeves' plea agreement called for the minimum sentence for murder. She also asked that Reeves, who she said hadn’t shown remorse throughout the proceedings, explain herself.
Reeves was later located with a knife that had 'a broken tip and what appeared to be blood on it.'
"Not only is this a premeditated, heinous murder, it's also your mother," Boswell said. "Tell me why you did this. Why did you feel you had to do this to your mother?"
After Reeves refused to respond, Boswell pushed: "Help me understand why you did this. Your being young doesn't impress me. You knew better. You knew better than this."
The teenager then started to sob and after a while, said:
"If I could go back, I wouldn't do it. I do miss my mother."
In February of 2017, a then-15-year-old Reeves stabbed her mother, 34-year-old Jamie Garnett, more than 60 times.
According to the information contained in her plea deal, Reeves was later located with a knife that had "a broken tip and what appeared to be blood on it." "I broke the tip off on that (expletive)," Reeves said according to the deal.
'I'm going to be there for her because her mother would've wanted me to.'
Reeves was charged with murder and pleaded guilty to the crime in May, accepting a plea deal, per the Tribune.
The teenager’s grandmother, Rosemary Cruz, was emotional during the hearing. After an initial reluctance, she took the stand to say how much she missed her daughter, Garnett, and how Reeves “was such a good kid.”
"I don't understand,” Cruz said. "Something's wrong. It's like she just snapped. Oh, it's very hard."
Boswell handed Reeves a minimum 45-year sentence with 1,015 days credit and ordered a psychiatric evaluation and if need be, continued treatment.
"I'm so glad the judge got help for her. She needs it," Cruz stated. "I'm going to be there for her because her mother would've wanted me to. I pray for (Reeves), and I think she realized what happened."
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