For better or worse prison sentences?
A Washington husband thinks his wife is the one who should pay the price even though jurors convicted them both of killing their adopted daughter.
Larry Williams was convicted along with with wife Carri Williams in the death of their adopted daughter, but the Washington man thinks his wife deserves the blame.
Larry Williams blamed wife Carri Williams for the systematic abuse that led to the death of Hana Williams three years after they brought her home from Ethiopia, KIRO TV reported.
The starving girl died face down and naked on a cold and rainy night in 2011 in the couple’s backyard in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.
Larry (left) and Carri Williams (center) are due to be sentenced in the death of their adopted daughter and abuse of their adopted son.
She was believed to be about 13 years old, but officials couldn’t find her birth certificate.
Hana Williams died after her adoptive parents starved her and left her outside in the cold rain.
A jury found the couple subjected Hana and an adopted brother, Immanuel, to abuse that reportedly included whippings and neglect.
Larry and Carri Williams were each found guilty of first-degree manslaughter. Carri was also convicted of homicide by abuse, but jurors deadlocked on that charge when it came to Larry. It was eventually dropped.
Carri Williams, shown in court, faces 27 to 37 years in prison for killing her adopted daughter Hana Williams.
Larry Williams’ attorney, Rachel Forde, asked a judge to limit her client’s sentence to just five years, because he supposedly didn’t know what his wife was doing, KIRO reported.
“She was the primary actor in all of the treatment of Hana and Immanuel,” Forde told the station.
Larry Williams, shown leaving Skagit County Court, thinks his wife should pay the price for abusing and ultimately killing their daughter.
Larry Williams, who faces 14 to 19 years in prison, was away at work with airplane manufacturer Boeing while his wife abused the children, Forde said.
Larry Williams was found guilty of manslaughter in Hana’s death, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a charge of homicide by abuse.
He claims he didn’t know what was going on at home, although his wife has testified he did.
Larry Williams has spent the past two years in jail as the trial progressed and he could be out in another three if the judge grants his request.
REMEMBRANCE OF HANA WILLIAMS @ FACEBOOK
Hana Williams, shown in a video on a Facebook tribute page, froze and starved to death in the backyard of her adopted home.
Carri Williams faces 27 to 37 years in prison when she’s sentenced.
Skagit County Jail officials have put her in cells away from other prisoners, because they worry the inmates would target a child killer, the Skagit Valley Herald Reported.
JUSTICE FOR HANA
A Facebook tribute page set up in memory of Hana Williams who was killed by her adoptive parents.
“I have a responsibility to keep her safe from other people,” chief of corrections Charlie Wend told the paper.
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