Ritenour

OSKALOOSA — Alicia Ritenour accepted a plea deal Thursday, days before she was set to be re-tried on charges that she killed her 17-month-old daughter in 2015.

In the plea agreement, Ritenour pled guilty to child endangerment causing death. Judge Myron Gookin sentenced her to 50 years in prison, with credit for time served.

The first-degree murder charge against Ritenour was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea deal.

Ritenour was charged in 2014 with murder in the first degree as well as child endangerment resulting in death. She was found guilty to those charges in November of 2014. In December of 2018, Judge Daniel Wilson set aside her conviction and ordered a new trial, citing ineffective counsel of her then-attorney.

The Herald has reached out to defense attorney, Gina Messamer and prosecuting attorney Andrew Ritland for comment.

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