RICHMOND – The Richmond mother who starved her 3-month-old son to death learned her sentence Monday in Wayne County.
Amy Hockett, 22, was convicted of murder in February. A judge sentenced her to 60 years in prison in the death of her son, Khaiden Hockett, on Feb. 5, 2012.
Prosecutors argued for the maximum of 65 years in prison while defense lawyers wanted Hockett to serve 55 years. Judge Gregory A. Horn settled on 60 because Hockett didn’t have any prior criminal record. He also said there were a number of aggravating factors in the case that warranted more than 55 years, including the child’s age and the boy’s inability to defend himself or find help.
Horn called the crime the most “horrific” he’d ever seen in Wayne County.
The child starved over a period of months, wasting away through neglect and starvation. He weighed nine pounds at birth but just six pounds when he died.
Joseph Pierson was convicted of reckless homicide in Khaiden’s death. He could face between 20 and 50 years, although sentencing has been delayed.
The couple faces three counts of neglect related to their other children. A trial on those charges is expected in April.