Jessica McCarty Obituary, Death – This afternoon, as Jessica McCarty was being sentenced to life in prison, the conversation shifted away from the heinous acts she committed and onto the purported shortcomings of the mental health system.
Earlier in the year, the mother from Palm Bay, Florida, who is 33 years old, appeared before Circuit Judge James Earp and confessed to killing her three small children. Her life was spared as a result of her pleading with the judge. She was given a sentence of life imprisonment for her crime. The state’s official goal was to carry out the death penalty.
According to the Assistant State Attorney Bill Respess, the case was never going to be about whether or not McCarty was guilty; rather, it was going to be about whether or not he would be condemned to death. In the end, he claimed that the state was persuaded to accept the plea because of worries regarding her mental health, which ultimately resulted in her being spared from execution. He explained that “that was really what this case was all about.” It was a matter of sentencing, in all fundamental respects.
We were interested in learning about the defense’s plans for risk reduction. The crime was heinous in nature. For our purposes, the question was whether or not the defendant was a horrible person. The conclusion that we were able to draw from all of this information is that she is probably not a monster. After reviewing the mental health and the mental health mitigation, we determined that moving forward would not be beneficial.