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Father gets life in prison for killing of daughter

January 3, 2007

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Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Fangohr, left, leads Jay D. Decker out of the courtroom Friday after jurors found Decker guilty of first-degree murder in the abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter, Risha Lafferty.

Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Fangohr, left, leads Jay D. Decker out of the courtroom Friday after jurors found Decker guilty of first-degree murder in the abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter, Risha Lafferty.

A Lawrence man convicted last year of killing his infant daughter was sentenced to life in prison during a Douglas County District Court hearing today.

Jay D. Decker, 27, declined an opportunity to make a statement in court prior to the sentencing by Judge Paula Martin.

Decker was found guilty by a jury in November of first-degree murder. Evidence presented in the trial showed that 5-month-old Risha Lafferty died from a skull fracture and signs of being shaken. The girl died on Oct. 14, 2005.

Decker will be eligible for parole after he has served 20 years in prison. He will be given credit for time already spent in the Douglas County Jail, which amounts to more than 400 days.

In December Risha's mother, Brandi Mae Hendrickson, 25, was sentenced by Martin to serve 60 days in jail for failing to protect her daughter from abuse by Decker.

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moderation 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree, the mother got off way too easy.

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bethnbob 7 years, 3 months ago

Sigmund,

I don't think he will have a long prison life. They don't like child molesters and child killers there. I hope he somehow has access to the internet and can read this.

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person_of_interest 7 years, 3 months ago

Okay, so he's going to prison for killing a child.

Oh, boy! Inmates take a dim view towards child molesters and child killers....don't they?

Geez! This guy (with his slight build) had better hook up with some tough guys for protection real quick once he's behind bars!!

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shirinisb 7 years, 3 months ago

"Great Judge"

SB1006- Are you judging that this man (and woman) are remorseful?

This has nothing to do with god or remorse. This has to do with an ignorant excuse for a mother who was more worried about filling her lonely life with a man who abused her child(ren).

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gr 7 years, 3 months ago

What about father's choice?

ywn thinks life is subjective, anyway.

Therefore, can anyone prove he killed a living human?

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sweetbaby1006 7 years, 3 months ago

Well as I have said before its a Good thing none of us are the Great Judge

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monkeyspunk 7 years, 3 months ago

sweetbaby1006:

Using someone elses shortcomings to justify or excuse the shortcomings of another doesn't hold water.

She knew what was going on for a very long time. She knew about the abuse, and did nothing. Just because all of us have "done something" shouldn't let someone who presented her child into the hands of her murderer get off the hook so easily.

Sixty days is a joke, a very sick joke.

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scenebooster 7 years, 3 months ago

Obviously, sweetbaby1006, you have a personal connection to this. But there are a lot of people wondering how she could have stood by and let this happen...

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sweetbaby1006 7 years, 3 months ago

I would like to know just how many readers that read these and write comments on these.. How many of us are sin free guilt free from doing anything that would make us ashamed. Good thing none of us are the Great Judge of all. I know for a fact that each one of us have done something maybe not as severe but have done something and we get second chances... If we are truely remorseful. But dont be judging just by what the press says...

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Shardwurm 7 years, 3 months ago

"...they can be put in a INPATIENT long term treatment facility where we do not have to worry about them hurting our children."

Which long term treatment facility are you referring to? As far as I know there are no state institutions any more to support this.

Or are you advocating millions more dollars be spent to gear such institutions up again? Ones where people are conveniently put away with no hope of ever getting any better?

Your perspective on mental illness and how to put people away for life for POTENTIALLY committing a crime intrigues me. I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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vegetablegirl 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent! Hope he makes lots of "friends" in prison. Good luck to the biggest piece of junk I have ever been exposed to.

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Buggie7 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow Douglas county Courts Heres one child protected by you..... Too bad she had to already be dead for you to do anything about it!!!!! and what about all the other kids out there you are giving 60 day sentences to their offenders to. And this mother I agree should be tried along with him and sentanced to this sentance as well. The douglas county courts have problems dealing with those who have mental problems. Does this mean they have an excuse and not be taught that if you do thcrime you pay the consequences like anyone else. Her mental problem and others who have gotten 60 day terms Hence John T Whitehead has gotten 60 days TWICE were not severe enough to the point they had no idea what is write and what is wrong. They know exactly what they are doing and are playing the system and Douglas county courts are feeing right into it. sending them back to the same treatment and the same therapists they had before the crime. Now tell me what good is that going to do NOTHING. If they have a mental problem and you cant send them to prison at least they can be put in a INPATIENT long term treatment facility where we do not have to worry about them hurting our children. NO this mother should not have visits with her older child. She broke the law and didnt protect her other child and If she was so mental before then why wasnt SRS involved more or the courts. The courts response to all who claim to have a mental prblem is 60 days in Jail some probation and just to back and do the therapy like you were doing before. We will interrupt and let the sane people suffer but you are special so you can go free with only a 60 day interruption. Thank you Douglas County Courts for NOT protecting our families.

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shirinisb 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow PC_Conservawhatever- That's the most illogical thinking I've seen all day.

Thank you for using a horrible tragedy to get your political opinions across. Don't worry, it doesn't make you look callow, or even desparate!

(I assume you only respond to sarcasm.)

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PC_Conservativeman 7 years, 3 months ago

He shouldn't have been convicted. He performed a 5th Trimester abortion. Postpartum abortion should be the next trumpet of protest for the death mongers. The father merely exercised his choice to not allow the lump of cells to grow into an adult.

Tiller kills these babies all the time.

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plumberscrack 7 years, 3 months ago

The mother should have gotten life too!!

Just as guilty, as accessory to murder!

Accessory definition: Somebody who aids somebody else to commit a crime or avoid arrest but does not participate in the crime itself.

Sounds like the mother to me! She knew something was wrong and did nothing to stop it.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 3 months ago

If it were not for lawyer costs, euthanasia would be preferable.

He has been convicted, he is sick, so why not?

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sweetbaby1006 7 years, 3 months ago

She DIDNT kill her baby!!! She FAILED TO PROTECT HER! that is what she is guilty of.. And She is going to pay for the price of her daughter's death for the rest of her life.. She has to look herself in the mirror.. She knows she should of protected her baby. But believe me she has to live with this the rest of her life... So regardless both parents will pay just in different versions of punishment. Now for the rest of Risha's family we all can start having closure and healing...

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offtotheright 7 years, 3 months ago

I still have a problem with the mother not being convicted right along with him!

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sweetbaby1006 7 years, 3 months ago

There is still no JUSTICE FOR TAKING a precious baby but at least Mr. Decker can not hurt another baby nor anyone else that is unable to protect themselves!!! The sad thing is he is still not remorseful for this whole thing. And him smiling going out of the court room just reassured that the Judge did her job. He is not sorry, especially when the judge asked if he had anything to say on his behalf and he says SCREW IT!!!! That says it all!!!!

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Sigmund 7 years, 3 months ago

Here is wishing Mr. Decker a VERY long life!

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