09 Jan '12, 4am

US woman sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing granddaughter, 2, by throwing her off walkway

US woman sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing granddaughter, 2, by throwing her off walkway

This undated file photo provided by the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department shows Carmela dela Rosa, who threw her 2-year-old granddaughter to her death from a sixth-floor walkway at Virginia's largest shopping mall in Nov 2010. -- PHOTO: AP FAIRFAX, Virginia (AP) - A Virginia woman was sentenced Friday to 35 years for throwing her 2-year-old granddaughter off a walkway at a busy shopping mall, a murder the judge called 'almost beyond comprehension.' Carmela dela Rosa, 51, offered a tearful, barely audible apology to her family, saying: 'I'm very sorry for what I've done.' Circuit Court Judge Bruce White imposed the full sentence recommended by the jury that convicted her last year. Under Virginia law, Judge White had the option to reduce the sentence to the mandatory minimum of 20 years, but could not go above the jury's recommendation. Dela Rosa, a naturalised US citi...

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