At 17, Beecroft (now 24) was accused of stabbing the child more than 100 times and throwing the girl in a trashcan. She was tried as an adult and initially sentenced to life in prison without parole on the first-degree premeditated murder charge.
Friday, Sept. 27, Washington County Chief Judge John C. Hoffman issued another guilty verdict, though it was a lesser conviction of second-degree murder, the Pioneer Press reports, noting a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison (she would receive credit seven years already served).
However, the Washington County attorney's office has requested an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors argue that there are aggravating factors: that the victim was particularly vulnerable because of her age and the victim was treated with particular cruelty.