Richard Chrisman Jurors Deliberating, Two Dead Children Get Some Justice, and More

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Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

This week, two now-deceased children get their justice, jurors continue deliberations in the murder trial of former Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman, and more:

  • Cynthia Stoltzmann gets 24 years in prison for child abuse

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    Cynthia Stoltzmann, the aunt of 10-year-old Ame Deal -- the Phoenix girl who was killed in horrific fashion in 2011, was sentenced to 24 years in prison, and a lifetime of probation. Ame was killed in July 2011 after, police say, she was locked in a small footlocker by family members as punishment for taking a popsicle without asking, and over the next year, police arrested six family members who police say were responsible for the girl's death or horrific abuses of Ame in the time before her death. The sentence was the result of a plea agreement on child-abuse charges.

    See also: Ame Deal Murder: Aunt Pleads Guilty to Abuse

Next page: Another relative gets 10 years

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