MOUNT VERNON – A Washington couple accused of starving, beating and forcing their adopted daughter outside as punishment were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison for her death.
Larry and Carri Williams were convicted Sept. 9 of manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia. Carri Williams was also found guilty of homicide by abuse.
Hana Williams was found dead May 12, 2011, in the backyard of the family home in Sedro-Woolley, east of Mount Vernon. She died of hypothermia, with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors.
Carri Williams was sentenced Tuesday to just under 37 years, the top of the standard sentencing range, by Judge Susan Cook, the Skagit Valley Herald reported. Her husband received a sentence of nearly 28 years.
Cook vacated Carri Williams’ manslaughter conviction because she was convicted of homicide by abuse for the same conduct.
Both also were found guilty of assault of a child for punishing a boy they adopted in 2008 from Ethiopia at the same time as Hana.