Woman pleads guilty in Cleveland fire that killed daughters

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and arson and received a lessened sentence for the 1999 Cleveland house fire that killed her two young daughters.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1q9OaEm ) reports prosecutors and attorneys for Angela Garcia reached a deal before a judge was set Monday to consider whether she’d get a fourth trial.

Prosecutors dropped aggravated murder charges. Instead of her previous consecutive life sentences, a judge gave her to 22 years in prison. She’s already served 17 years of that.

Garcia was convicted in her third trial. Joanna Feigenbaum, of the Ohio Public Defender’s Wrongful Conviction Unit, says testimony from the prosecution’s expert witnesses relied on junk science that would be inadmissible today.

Prosecutors had argued that evolutions in science weren’t enough to justify a new trial.


Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com