Va. grandmother gets 35 years for killing toddler

A Virginia grandmother has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering her 2-year-old granddaughter by tossing her off a sixth-level walkway at a busy shopping mall.

Fifty-one-year-old Carmela dela Rosa was convicted in Fairfax County of killing young Angelyn Ogdoc in November 2010 at Tysons Corner Center. Dela Rosa’s lawyer argued unsuccessfully that her client was legally insane.

In a videotaped confession, dela Rosa told police she killed Angelyn to get back at her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock.

Dela Rosa apologized for actions at a hearing Friday in Fairfax County court.

A jury recommended a 35-year sentence last year. At Friday’s hearing, Judge Bruce White had the option of reducing the sentence but left it intact, calling her actions “almost beyond comprehension.”

(P.S. I know this isn’t Manassas, but it’s close enough and news nonetheless)

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