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Angela McAnulty is on death row in Oregon for the murder of her teenage daughter. According to court documents Angela McAnulty and her husband Richard McAnulty singled out on of their daughters who was was abused for years including starvation. When authorities came across the victims body they thought she was much younger due to her size. Angela McAnulty would be convicted of a slew of charges and eventually be sentenced to death

*Angela McAnulty was resentenced to life in prison without parole

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Offender Name:Mcanulty, Angela Darlene
Age:51DOB:10/1968Location:Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Gender:FemaleRace:White Or European OriginStatus:Inmate
Height:5′ 03”Hair:BrownInstitution Admission Date:02/25/2011
Weight:140 lbsEyes:BrownEarliest Release Date:na

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The Eugene mother sentenced to death row after pleading guilty to murdering her 15-year-old daughter may get a new trial, The Oregonian/OregonLive reports.

A jury of 8 men and 4 women returned a death sentence in 6 hours after hearing two weeks of testimony in 2011 on the death of Jeanette Maples at the hands of her mother, Angela McAnulty.

In a draft ruling obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive, a judge makes the case that “McAnulty should get a new trial because her attorneys failed to adequately represent or advise her during her trial.”

McAnulty changed her plea to guilty on the first day of her criminal trial in February 2011 on charges of murder in the wake of Maples’ death on December 9, 2009.

That put in motion the death penalty phase of the trial.

Firefighters found Maples on her back in the dimly lit living room without her shirt on.

“Help my baby,” McAnulty told the first responders to a 911 call reporting Maples had stopped breathing.

The girl’s body looked small for a 15 year old – so small, the fire captain at the scene, Sven Wahlroos, asked Angela McAnulty several times about the girl’s age.

Maples had no pulse. Paramedics tried CPR and put a tube into her lungs in an effort to make her breathe.

McAnulty appeared agitated, then quiet, then hysterical. Then she laughed a couple of times.

“I just remember it was an odd response,” Wahlroos told the jury in 2011.

“Very odd,” Wahlroos told the court, recalling the feeling in the “hair on the back of my neck. I have never had that feeling in 18 years. All I wanted to do was run.”

He called his supervisor. And he called police.

“In 18 years, I have never cried about a call,” he said. “I cried about this call.”


Ryan Sheridan was the lead paramedic on scene in December 2009. He met Angela McAnulty in the driveway and told the jury he remembers her talking very fast, saying Maples fell down and last seemed well about an hour before the 911 call.

Inside the house off River Road, Sheridan knew something wasn’t right when he found Maples, he told the court in 2011.

No shirt. Wet hair. Bruises on her face, and cuts above her eye.

The girl’s body was skinny, small and frail, so emaciated, you could see her bones.

“It was a hard call,” he said.

Sheridan was there when Maples died in the emergency room.


Dr. Elizabeth Hilton treated Maples when she arrived at the ER.

She could find no signs of life in the girls petite, emaciated body. Doctors pronounced Maples dead at 8:42 p.m.

Dr. Hilton was told Maples had no previous medical problems, but said cuts and wounds on the girl’s lips were old – and appeared never to have received any medical care.

The girl’s front teeth were broken, and there were severe wounds on her legs and back.

Hilton met with the family, and Angela told the doctor Maples had been eating but had gotten very skinny lately.

The charge nurse asked Angela where Maples went to school.

She told the hospital staff Maples was homeschooled.


Angela McAnulty entered the courtroom sobbing when the death penalty phase of her trial began in 2011, saying she knew what she did was wrong.

A member of her defense team consoled her.

She continued to cry, wiping away tears with a tissue – and putting her head on the table sobbing during opening arguments about whether she should spend her life in prison or die for the murder of her daughter.

In front of a courtroom packed with deputies and detectives who investigated the case looking on, McAnulty entered the penalty phase of her murder trial, having already admitted causing her daughter’s death.

At the time in 2011, prosecutor Erik Hasselman said the state would show that, by the time she died on Dec. 9, 2009, Jeanette Maples had suffered for months.

The prosecutor said paramedics thought Maples was already dead when they arrived, even as McAnulty insisted the teen had been fine until just an hour earlier.

The prosecutor said Maples was starved and dehydrated. Her lips and mouther were pulverized from being hit with belts and sticks over a period of months. Her face was disfigured, her head in bandages. On her hip, investigators found a wound where the flesh had been so torn away as to expose the bone.

She had the “appearance of a concentration camp victim,” Hasselman said.

The defense team, led by Steve Krasik, chose to wait until the prosecution rests before making an opening statement.


Prosecutors said the evidence will show how Maples died – and that McAnulty was to blame.

Here is how prosecutors described the girl’s treatment and history:

Maples was forced to sleep on cardboard in a room with blood spattered on the walls, floor and ceiling.

In the house, investigators found leather belts and torture devices, as well as chunks of Maples’ flesh.

“Jeanette was constantly in trouble with her mother,” Hasselman said.

McAnulty would take Maples into the “torture room” and turn on the vacuum cleaner to mask the sound so the two younger children wouldn’t hear it.

Sometimes, McAnulty would tie Maples up, the prosecutor said.

Sometimes, she would make the girl collect dog feces – then run them in the girl’s face and mouth.

The State of California once took Jeanette from her mother but returned her after the birth of a younger child.

In 2002, Angela married Richard McAnulty, and the family moved to Oregon.

At first, Maples attended public school. Teachers were concerned about the girl’s treatment at her mother’s hands. The school confronted Maples, who told school officials that she was being abused.

Oregon’s Department of Human Services visited the home, where Angela McAnulty told child welfare workers that Maples was a compulsive liar.

Maples was left with McAnulty, who took the girl out of school to homeschooled – and to cut off her lifelines to the public, so no friends would see her condition.

Prosecutors said Lynn McAnulty, Richard’s mother, was concerned. Angela denied her access to the grandchildren, and Lynn called state child welfare workers repeatedly – the last time just days before Maples died.


McAnulty was stoic and the packed courtroom was silent at the conclusion of the penalty phase as Judge Kip Leonard read off the jury’s answers to three key questions:

First, did Angela McAnulty deliberately kill her 15-year-old daughter, Jeanette Maples by torturing her?


Second, is it likely McAnulty will re-offend?


Third, did McAnulty kill her daughter without provocation?


Those three affirmatives triggered a fourth and final question:

“Should the defendant receive the death sentence?” Judge Leonard read from the jury’s verdict.

“The answer to that question,” he told the court, “is yes.”

McAnulty silently stared as she learned the jury sentenced her to death, very different from just days before when she wailed openly in the courtroom, begging attorneys to remove pictures of her daughter, Jeanette, from her view.

The 8 men and 4 women on the jury deliberated officially for six hours, but then-District Attorney Alex Gardner said that’s just a fraction of the amount of time the jurors mulled over the testimony.

“These jurors have been thinking about this 24/7 for weeks and weeks,” he said.

The judge and the attorneys thanked the jurors for their service.

“I recognize that those of us who are in law enforcement sign up for this,” Gardner said. “They didn’t sign up for this, they were drafted and compelled to participate in jury service, and the fact that they stood up and did what was required of them is extraordinary, I think.”

McAnulty’s case heads to the Oregon Supreme Court on automatic appeal.

“It is a hugely significant verdict,” Gardner said, “but we should understand that nothing is going to happen soon.”

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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.


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.

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A Eugene resident who became the state’s only woman on death row for torturing, starving and killing her teen daughter has been resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Angela McAnulty, now 51, previously pleaded guilty to — and was convicted of — aggravated murder in the death of her 15-year-old daughter, Jeanette Maples. The emaciated girl was found unconscious in a bathtub in 2009 and died later that night.

McAnulty was sentenced to death in the case, one of the most notorious in modern Oregon history.

The Oregon Supreme Court, which automatically reviews death sentences, affirmed McAnulty’s conviction in 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case.

New attorneys appointed to review McAnulty’s case filed a petition in 2016 for post-conviction relief, saying her initial two lawyers inadequately represented her.

A judge decided in July 2019 that McAnulty’s guilty plea should be vacated and the case returned to Lane County Circuit Court. The judge ruled her attorneys didn’t use reasonable skill and judgment in advising her to plead guilty without concessions from the state, among other failings.

The Oregon Department of Justice appealed, and McAnulty’s attorneys cross appealed.

Also in 2019, Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1013, which narrows the definition of aggravated murder — the only crime in Oregon eligible for a death sentence.

Aggravated murder is now limited to those who kill two or more people as an act of organized terrorism; kill a child younger than 14 intentionally and with premeditation; kill another person while locked in jail or prison for a previous murder; or kill a police, correctional or probation officer.

A settlement in McAnulty’s case was ratified last week

“In summary, the settlement agreement provides that the sentence of death is vacated, and Angela McAnulty is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” Patty Perlow, Lane County District Attorney, said in a statement Monday. “Both parties dismiss their appeals in the Oregon Court of Appeals, and Angela McAnulty agrees ‘she will never attempt to challenge in any court her aggravated murder conviction or the stipulated true-life sentence.’”

Jeanette’s stepfather, Richard McAnulty, pleaded guilty in 2011 to murder by abuse for his role in the death and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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