The Greene’s Admit to the Murder of young Annabelle Greene
Today in Scioto County, Richard and Sonya Greene avoided trial, at the last minute, by admitting guilt to the Murder of young Annabelle Greene.
Sonya Greene plead guilty to one count of aggravated murder and two additional counts of felonious assault. The aggravated murder charge what’s for the killing of young Annabelle Greene. The two felonious assault charges were for two other children in her care.
While giving a statement to Judge Howard Harcha III, Sonya Greene said, ” I didn’t mean to do it”. The judge quickly interrupted her and reminded her that she was in entering a guilty plea of murder. He indicated that her plea agreement did not match with her statement that the death was accidental. Further, he asked for comment from the prosecutors. They said she may feel that way now, but her actions were certainly intentional at the time of the murder.
The judge then redirected back to Sonya Greene who indicated the prosecutors were correct and made no further comments.
An unexpected statement from Greene’s son (Annabelle’s father) was emotional and difficult to hear. He said that he hoped the years they are going to spend in prison will allow them to forgive themselves for what they have done. He said he forgave them for what they did to his children and himself.
Sonya Greene was sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years. As to the felonious assault charges, she received 2 years on each count. The judge clarified that those sentences must also be completed before she is eligible for parole. The judge, again, clearly stated that she would not be eligible for a parole hearing until 29 years of incarceration are served.
Richard Greene then took his turn speaking with the judge. He entered a plea of guilty to the aggravated murder of Annabelle Greene. He was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years.
The Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office released a summary statement of today’s events. The statement concluded by thanking “the New Boston Police Department and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office for their excellent work in this matter. The cooperation in the investigation on this case was a precursor to the development of the Scioto County Special Victims Unit.”
SCDN spoke exclusively with Sonya Greene’s attorney, Shawn Stratton. He issued this statement. “Sonya Greene pled to aggravated murder and felonious assault. She took responsibility for her actions today and was sentenced accordingly. She will now begin her sentence of 29 years to life in prison. She hopes in time family and friends will learn to forgive her.”