Judge Denies Grandmother's Appeal of Murder Sentence

Attorney: Appeal process to continue for woman who tossed 2-year-old from Tysons walkway

Ten months after a Fairfax woman was convicted of murdering her 2-year-old granddaughter, a Virginia Court of Appeals judge has denied 

Judge William Petty denied Carmela dela Rosa's appeal of her 35-year prison sentence July 31.

According to the Virginia Department of Corrections online database, dela Rosa, 51, is currently serving out her sentence at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, in Troy, Va., about 13 miles southeast of Charlottesville. The database indicates her expected release date is May 8, 2041.

On Nov. 29, 2010, dela Rosa threw her granddaughter, Angelyn Ogdoc, off the edge of a 44-foot footbridge at . The child died from her injuries.

Fairfax County Public Defender Dawn Butorac, who represented dela Rosa during the two-week trial, told Patch on Thursday she has not had contact with her client and did not have a status update about her mental health.

During the trial, Butorac tried to convince the jury

Though the initial appeal was denied last week, Butorac said she intends to file a request next week for oral argument in the Court of Appeals. The oral argument should be scheduled in about two months, Butorac said.

This will give Butorac an opportunity to ask a three-judge panel to consider her client's appeal. If all three judges deny the appeal, Butorac said she can appeal the sentence to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Merrill August 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Denial of the appeal is appropriate. What was not appropriate was giving her a 30-year sentence. She is not worth the taxpayer money being spent on her. She should have received the death penalty, and should have been executed by now.
Amelie Krikorian August 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Agreed. For what purpose are we keeping her alive? It's not like she will ever be a productive member of society if she gets out of jail. And the crime she committed was simply inexcusable.


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