GADSDEN, Ala. – A judge sentenced Joyce Garrard to life in prison without parole Monday for the 2012 running death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin, according to Birmingham station ABC 33/40.
Garrard was convicted of Hardin’s murder in March. After the conviction, the jury voted seven in favor of life in prison and and five in favor of the death sentence.
Prosecutors told jurors the woman deserved to die for making the girl run for hours as punishment for a lie about candy. The child collapsed and died later in a hospital.
The defense asked for mercy, arguing that Savannah loved Garrard and wouldn’t want her put to death.