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A woman who murdered an MTSU basketball player will now serve up to 29 years in prison.
Shanterrica Madden was sentenced Tuesday for killing her roommate, Tina Stewart.
"Can you think in all the second degree murder cases, one that is worse than this one in terms of cruelty?" asks District Attorney General Bill Whitesell.
Shanterrica Madden comes to court, knowing her future is in the judge's hands.
In May, a jury found her guilty of second degree murder for stabbing and killing her MTSU roommate, college basketball player Tina Stewart.
"There are two families losing right here, nobody is gaining," says Shanterrica's father Frank Madden.
Madden's father is the only witness to take the stand.
He hopes the judge will sentence his daughter to 15 years, which is the least amount she could serve.
"And she made a mistake, and didn't know how to handle it. She didn't even mean it, I know she didn't," says Frank Madden.
Shanterrica Madden didn't speak during the hearing, but her attorney read a letter she'd written.
"I'm sorry for all the pain that I have caused your family. I'm sorry for the many tears that you family have shed because of me," says Madden's attorney Joe Brandon.
The District Attorney is unmoved.
He says after Madden murdered Stewart during an argument, she closed the bedroom door and allowed her to die without calling 911.
"We believe the appropriate punishment for what she did is the maximum sentence," says District Attorney General Bill Whitesell.
Judge Don Ash agrees with the prosecution and sentences Madden to 29 years in prison.
Tina Stewart's family hugs one another. They leave court believing justice has been served.
Shanterrica Madden remains in the Rutherford County jail, but she'll soon be transferred to a state prison to begin serving her 29 year sentence.
Judge Don Ash ruled that Madden should serve 25 years for the murder, and another four years for tampering with evidence.
She won't be eligible for parole until she's at least 46 years old.
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Tuesday, July 17 2012, 09:00 PM CDT
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
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