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Cuffed after sentencing, Phillip Luke Norman weeps while Jessica Miranda Coffey sits stunned at the defense table. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Guilty on all counts

A Lamar County jury found two defendants charged with violent abuse against a two-month-old girl guilty on all seven counts they faced Thursday afternoon. The jury returned the verdicts after deliberating for three hours and 40 minutes.

Jessica Miranda Coffey and Phillip Luke Norman were each found guilty of three counts first degree cruelty to children, one count second degree cruelty to children and three counts of aggravated battery against the baby. Testimony revealed that Coffey was the mother of the child but Norman was not the biological father.

Assistant district attorney Wayne Jernigan asked for a sentence of at least 29 years in prison- one for each broken bone the child suffered.

Judge Bill Fears sentenced both Norman and Coffey to 60 years in prison and 60 years on probation.

For much more, see the 5.2.23 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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