Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/28/2013 5:13 PM

Woman gets 50 years in prison for murder

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

A 59-year-old Chicago grandmother was sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing death of a neighbor in a crime she says she doesn't remember.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Phyllis Carpenter was sentenced Monday in the death of 60-year-old Benjamin Cole. Carpenter claims the man tried to rape her on the morning of Aug. 2, 2006.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Defense attorney Julie Koehler says Carpenter doesn't remember hurting Cole because she went into a dissociative state due to trauma suffered when she was raped as a child.

However, prosecutors told jurors Carpenter knew what she was doing and may have killed Cole to get money to feed a drug habit.

Koehler says Carpenter, who suffers a variety of ailments, will probably die in prison, adding the women's conviction will be appealed.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.