CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Sierra Day, the mother of slain Aniya Day-Garrett, and her boyfriend Deonte Lewis were both sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the 4-year-old girl.
Day was sentenced without the possibility for parole, while Lewis will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years in prison. Both were found guilty on eight charges that include aggravated murder and permitting child abuse.
Judge Timothy McCormick, who presided over the couple’s trial, sentenced both during Wednesday’shearing.
“In my 24 years, I don’t think I’ve seen such a callous disregard for human life that Sierra showed Aniya,” McCormick stated before delivering the sentence.
Mickhal Garrett, Aniya’s biological father, addressed the courtroom with a victim impact statement while standing before Day and Lewis.
Thirty-eight witnesses were called to the stand during the murder trial that spanned six days. The jury delivered a guilty verdict less than 24 hours after closing arguments concluded.
“Aniya never stood a chance at life with a mother like Sierra Day,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “Day and her boyfriend Deonte Lewis were held responsible today for the physical abuse and persistent and unfathomable neglect that led to Aniya’s death.”
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