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Judge accepts German grandma's plea deal

11:49 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge has accepted a plea agreement that spares a German grandmother from a potential death sentence.

Seventy-three year old Marianne Bordt was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She drowned her 5-year-old grandson, Camden Hiers of suburban Atlanta, in the bathtub of a beach house in January 2010.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey accepted the proposal for a reduction in charges and a more than 21-year prison term at a hearing Monday in Apalachicola.

Camden died while Bordt and her husband were vacationing with their grandson on St. George Island in the Florida Panhandle.

Her lawyers were preparing an insanity defense for an October trial. It included a claim she suffered mental problems in part due to a World War II Soviet bombing raid.

Associated Press

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