By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
It’s a life sentence for the Floyd County couple convicted of murdering two-year-old Kailee Parker.
Judge Tami Colston handed down the ruling Wednesday, effectively sealing 28-year-old Eric Castro behind bars for the rest of his life. Though the District Attorney’s Office asked the court for the same punishment for 22-year-old Heather Brittney Parker, who was the child’s mother, Parker received a life sentence with the chance of parole, which means that she could be released in the future.
“He received a life without parole sentence, with 20 years consecutive after that. She received a life sentence,” District Attorney Leigh Patterson says. “We had asked the court to sentence them both life without parole. Castro will never have an opportunity to get out. But, Parker can make an application for parole, but not until 33 years have passed can she even be considered.”
The details of the case were grisly. Investigators believe that two-and-a-half-year-old Kailee Parker suffered prolonged abuse at the hands of Castro and her mother, which culminated in her June 25th death. An autopsy of the little girl revealed she had died of multiple, violent blows to the head.