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Woman sentenced to life in daughter’s crucifix death

The Associated Press - February 13, 2018 9:59 am

Juanita Gomez is escorted to her preliminary hearing in Judge Hammond's courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma City, Okla. Friday, July 7, 2017. She is accused of killing her grown daughter while trying to rid the victim of Satan. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her adult daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil.

Court records show 51-year-old Juanita Gomez was sentenced Monday for the 2016 death of Geneva Gomez. The judge followed the sentence recommended by jurors who convicted her in January of first-degree murder.

Attorneys for Juanita Gomez plan to appeal.

Police found 33-year-old Geneva Gomez lying inside her mother’s Oklahoma City home with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified. A large crucifix had been placed on her chest.

Court documents show that Juanita Gomez told police she forced a crucifix down her daughter’s throat and watched her die.

 

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