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Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pregnant teen’s murderer sentenced

June 26, 2008

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— A 51-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole for killing a pregnant 14-year-old girl.

A jury in May convicted Ted Burnett of aggravated kidnapping and capital murder in the strangulation of Chelsea Brooks in 2006.

Brooks was nine months pregnant when the father of the baby allegedly paid Burnett $500 to have her killed.

Brooks' family members, including her mother, father and sister, addressed the court Wednesday, sharing memories of Chelsea and the impact her murder had on their lives.

"How has this affected our family?" Chelsea's mother, Terri Brooks asked. "We, too, are serving life without parole."

Darren Brooks, Chelsea's father, told Burnett, "I forgive you for what you did to us. It's now between you and God."

Burnett told the court he was innocent, banging on the pedestal as he spoke to Judge Ben Burgess.

"I've been an addict the better part of my life. I never, ever have done anything to harm anyone," he said.

Mark Manna, Burnett's public defender, said the defense planned to file an appeal.

Everett Gentry, 19, has testified that Elgin Ray Robinson Jr. planned to kill the teen because she carried his child, and Robinson feared her parents would charge him with statutory rape. Gentry was the prosecution's key witness.

Gentry said he was driving the car when Burnett strangled Chelsea.

The girl disappeared from a skating rink on June 9, 2006. Her body was found six days later in a shallow grave in a Butler County wheat field.

Gentry, then 17, pleaded guilty on July 14, 2006, to murder. Since he was a juvenile at the time, he avoided the death penalty and will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Robinson is scheduled for trial in September.

Comments

Erin Parmelee 6 years, 5 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says: There has to be something wrong with someone who would "forgive" the killer of their child.--------------------------------------------------------------------------Not really. Forgiving isn't the selfless act it's chalked up to be. You forgive someone to give yourself the freedom to move on and get closure. It's about you, not the other person. The alternative is only to hold on to your anger and let them ruin your life in a second way.

acg 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree with duplenty. The sick POS is suffering from a serious lead deficiency.

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 5 months ago

"Brooks was nine months pregnant when the father of the baby..." "Elgin Ray Robinson Jr. planned to kill the teen because she carried his child..."Baby? Child? It's "fetus" or "abortable mass of cells" to the pro-abortion, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Emily's List crowd. Hard to believe the liberal AP would accurately describe this murdered child as a murdered child.

Confrontation 6 years, 5 months ago

Marion, that's just something religious folk have to say during the trial. It makes them look good. No one would ever truly forgives someone for doing something like this. Now, if the cause of death was something more accidental, then I could see the potential for forgiveness.

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 5 months ago

"religious folk" - ConfrontationConfrontation, you reveal yourself an elitist, bigoted, intolerant snob. Do you use the terms "white folk" and "black folk" too, or do you try to limit your use of offensive and ignorant terminology?

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