Stockton Sentenced for First Degree Murder

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockton woman who admitted to leaving her newborn to die on the side of the road will spend the next 50 years in prison, with 3 years parole. She will get credit for time served.

Katie Stockton learned her fate just moments ago. As you probably remember, she agreed to plead guilty to first degree murder back in February at what would have been her final pre-trial hearing.

Her child, dubbed “Baby Crystal”, was found in 2004 in a plastic bag on Will Road near the home of Stockton’s parents. Autopsy results showed the infant had cocaine in her system and tested positive for Hepatitis B. In February we learned that she most likely suffocated to death.
Stockon could have gotten a maximum of 60 years in prison. Once she’s released, she will be under supervision for 3 years, face a possible $25,000 fine and will have to register as a violent offender against youth.

We will continue to update you as we learn more. Be sure to tune in tonight to the 23 News Update at 10.

ROCKORD (WIFR) – It’s a murder case that disturbed much of the Stateline and tonight the woman behind it could learn how long she’ll be in prison.

It’s been a long and emotional day here at the courthouse. There have been numerous times throughout the day that Katie Stockton has been crying.

Her family was also at the sentencing today and her mother just took the stand. The state showed proof that Stockton is the mother of Baby Crystal and the two infants found in the trunk of her car. The defense objected to having the two other babies involved in the case. Prosecutors called 15 witnesses and it took about 8 hours. The defense had 1 and they are just wrapping up.

We will continue to update you as we learn more information.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One of the Stateline's most high profile murder cases returns to court Friday. Katie Stockton will be sentenced for the death of her infant, dubbed Baby Crystal. She faces between 20 to 60 years in prison.

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