Judge Changes Jury's Recommendation
Tulsa, OK – Family members are calling it a miscarriage of justice. 36-year-old Larry Neely was given a 12-year prison sentence for the first degree murder of a 20-month old child left in his care. However, this morning, Judge William Kellough suspended all but 12-years of the prison term. He also gave Neely credit for time already served.
The Judge cited Neely's remorse and said the crime was not convicted by malice. Prosecutors had claimed Neely yanked toddler J.J Hall from a bed and slammed him into a dresser causing fatal internal injuries.
Family members were upset with the Judge's ruling. They were visibly shaken after the morning procedure. Neely served in the Marines and has no other criminal convictions.