45 days in jail recommended for woman accused in 1957 murder
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman accused of killing her infant daughter nearly 56 years ago has reached a plea deal that calls for 45 days in jail.
A judge accepted the no-contest plea agreement Monday for Ruby Klokow, 76.
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe De Cecco recommended the jail term plus 10 years probation for Klokow, citing her advanced age and health as factors.
Klokow was charged with second-degree murder after her son, James Klokow Jr., came forward in 2008 with horrific stories of childhood abuse.
A criminal complaint said Ruby Klokow admitted causing the death of her 7-month-old baby, Jeaneen.
In 1957, Klokow told police that Jeaneen fell off a sofa and hit her head by accident.
Following a two-year investigation which included Jeaneen's body, Klokow came clean.
"She did say that she picked the child up from the buggy and threw her in the direction of the davenport," said DeCecco.
Klokow's older son James got detectives to re-open the case after he told them his mother killed his youngest sister.
Police didn't know that at the time because they didn't have current investigation technologies.
"Back then, parents were believed when she said to police what happened. There was no extensive investigation like there would be today," said DeCecco.
Though the crime happened more than 50 years ago, DeCecco was obligated to charge Klokow with second degree murder, despite the charge no longer being in the books.
"We had to find the statute of limitations to make sure there was no statute of limitation."
"She did acknowledge that has felt guilty all these years. She has felt remorseful," explained Kirk Obear, the defense attorney.
"We're hopeful to get this over with so that Ruby can continue on with her life."