The Williamston woman convicted of abusing and killing her adopted son Ricky has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Lisa Holland, 33, chose not to speak at her sentencing Tuesday morning. Her co-counsel Mike Nichols said, "There's nothing she could say that would make anything different, that would change the verdict, that would undo the community's pain and sorrow. There was nothing she could say."
Holland did shed a tear as Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield sent her back to her cell.
Prosecuting Attorney Mike Ferency pressed on the importance of community when speaking to reporters after the sentencing. "The task is trying to recognize the rights of parents to deal with their children and at the same time recognize children need outsiders help," said Ferency.
Holland can appeal her sentence. She has 42 days to file paperwork. Meantime, she will be incarcerated at the Robert Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. Her husband Tim, who was sentenced 30 to 60 years in prison for his role in Ricky's death, has been sent to the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility.
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