Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula has three children, twins the same age as Ricky was when he was killed. "It makes it difficult when you go home," an emotional Manderfield said just hours after delivering Lisa Holland's mandatory life sentence.
The Williamston woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday for the death of her adopted son Ricky Holland. Lisa's Husband, Tim, was sentenced 30 to 60 years in prison earlier this month.
Judge Manderfield sentenced them both, but presided over Lisa's trial. Tim pleaded guilty to second degree murder in September.
Judge Manderfield recalled, months before Lisa's trial began, speaking with a couple of other Judges. "It wasn't a case I wanted," she said.
But she didn't have a choice and the case, which she calls an evidence nightmare, was given to her along with all of its emotionally draining details.
"Basically, you buried your dog but you threw away your son," Manderfield said to Lisa just before her sentencing Tuesday morning.
"It's my privilege to sentence you to the Michigan Department of Corrections for the remainder of your life," Manderfield said through tears. Thinking back on that comment Tuesday afternoon, she smiled and said, "It is an appropriate sentence."