Maria Joseph sentenced to 85 years for burning her kids

Woman Who Set Her 5 Kids on Fire Sentenced to 85 Years:

Some of you may remember the case of Maria Joseph, aka Maria Joseph Gardner. Back in February of ’08 my predecessor here at PBB wrote about how Joseph was arrested for setting fire to her five children. Four survived but her 16-month-old did not.

On Friday she was sentenced to 85 years behind bars, the maximum sentence under her plea agreement. She pleaded guilty to felony one child abuse causing death and four charges of child abuse causing serious bodily injury and prosecutors agreed to drop murder charges.

Outside of the death penalty I think 85 years is a fitting sentence. I just hope that she lives all 85 years knowing what she did.

Thanks to LadyJade for the tip.