EUGENE, Ore. -- The State of Oregon is appealing a judge’s decision to toss out the conviction and sentencing of a Eugene woman who pleaded guilty to torturing and killing her 15-year-old daughter in 2009.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the appeal, which was filed in court on Friday, aims to prevent Angela McAnulty from getting a new trial.
The Oregon Department of Justice didn't file arguments behind their decision to appeal, The Oregonian reports.
McAnulty was the only woman on death row in Oregon. She pleaded guilty to killing her daughter Jeanette Maples in 2011, and a retired judge from Malheur County tossed out McAnulty’s conviction last month.
Senior Circuit Court Judge J. Burdette Pratt said McAnulty should get a new trial because her attorneys failed to adequately represent or advise her during her trial.
Kenneth Hadley, who was part of her defense team, said they only had a month and a half to prepare and felt rushed.
“I thought that was terribly unfair,” Hadley said.
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Hadley said prosecutors did not give McAnulty a plea deal, unlike her husband. He said McAnulty pleading guilty with the death penalty still on the table was meant to show the jury that she was taking responsibility for her actions and was shocked when the jury came back with the death penalty verdict.
Hadley said they brought up her childhood trauma and mental illness during the sentencing phase, but court records filed on McAnulty claim only a fraction of the available evidence was presented.
When reversing McAnulty’s conviction, Pratt noted that the evidence in the crime was “particularly gruesome."
According to prosecutors, McAnulty singled out her daughter Jeanette Maples to beat and starve while allowing her other two children to eat.