Chastinea Reeves was fifteen years old when she stabbed her mother to death in Indiana. According to court documents Chastinea Reeves mother Jamie Garnett was found dead in her Gary Indiana home and she had been stabbed more than sixty times. At first police believed that Chastinea Reeves was in danger and sent out an Amber Alert but once she was found they immediately realized she was responsible for her mothers murder. Before trial Chastinea Reeves would plead guilty and has not given a reason why she murdered her mother. This teen killer was sentenced to forty five years in prison
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The plea agreement for Chastinea Reeves was not sitting well with Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell.
While Reeves was accepting responsibility for her mother’s Feb. 13, 2017, murder, it wasn’t moving Boswell during her Wednesday sentencing. Boswell was also unmoved by the fact that Reeves, now 17, was 15 when she stabbed her mother, Jamie Garnett, 60 times at their Gary home.
Instead, Boswell — after both deputy prosecutor Maureen Koonce and defense attorney John Cantrell made their case that the plea agreement for one count of murder was fair — asked Reeves to tell her why she should accept it. Reeves hadn’t shown remorse throughout proceedings, Boswell said, so she needed Reeves to explain herself.
Reeves stood silently at Cantrell’s side before she was allowed to sit.
“Why did you feel you had to do this to your mom?” Boswell asked.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Reeves said, barely audibly.
Boswell continued to press the girl.
“I cannot accept this plea, and you can go to trial and face up to 65 years,” Boswell said. “Help me understand why you did this. Your being young doesn’t impress me. You knew better. You knew better than this.”
After a moment, Reeves started to sob.
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t do it,” Reeves said. “I do miss my mother.”[Most read] What happens to the weed black market when recreational marijuana goes legal Jan. 1? ‘I see it opening the door to more clients,’ one dealer says. »
Boswell reiterated that neither her age nor her accepting responsibility got her to a minimum sentence of 45 years. Cantrell stepped in, explaining that courts all over the country have abandoned life sentences for people convicted as children because “their mind isn’t developed” at the time of the crime.
“She’ll be in her 50s when she’s released, and that’s an incredible portion of her life,” Cantrell said.
Koonce added that Reeves’ sister, who was 3 at the time of the murder and is now 6, would be called to testify because she saw part of what happened.
“This is a very, very complex case, and there was much negotiation and discussion by all parties,” Koonce said. “I’d spoken to her grandmother about the sentence, and I could tell that it appeared she was very conflicted. We were very far apart (on what the plea agreement should’ve been).
Reeves’s grandmother, Rosemary Cruz, was initially reluctant to speak but took the stand.
“I miss my daughter. I miss her smile,” Cruz said, sobbing. “I don’t understand because (Reeves) was such a good kid. She was it. I don’t know what happened, but I feel she needs help.
“Something’s wrong. It’s like she just snapped. Oh, it’s very hard.”
After calling Koonce and Cantrell to the bench, Boswell ultimately sentenced Reeves to 45 years, with 1,015 days credit. Boswell then ordered a psychiatric evaluation and further continued treatment if warranted.
Cruz attended the hearing with her son, who yelled “I love you,” to Reeves as she was taken out of court. She was relieved by Boswell’s request.
“I’m so glad the judge got help for her. She needs it,” Cruz said. “I’m going to be there for her because her mother would’ve wanted me to. I pray for (Reeves), and I think she realized what happened.”