Child Killers Sentenced

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

They could have faced live in prison for abusing and killing 2 year old Callie Robinson, but after more than 2 and a half hours of deliberation, the jury Saturday sentenced Verona Brinegar to 25 years in prison and Ronald Crabtree 35 years on the murder charge. Both were given 10 year sentences on the charge of criminal abuse with those sentences to run consecutively.

Brinegar's attorney asked the jury for the minimum sentence of 20 years, arguing that she would not be eligible for parole for at least 17 years at which time her two other children would be adults and in no danger of being abused. But the prosecution argued there are certain crimes where the minimum sentence is just not appropriate.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Hall told the jury, "This is one of those crimes. When you torture and murder a two year old, the minimum sentence is not appropriate."

The mothers of both defendants made impassioned pleas for leniency, but Prosecutor Hall deftly used those pleas as a reason why the jurors should impose equal justice. She told them, "Both of these defendants enjoyed what Callie did not. They clearly have mothers who love them and are willing to come in here even when their children are grown adults and continue to protect them."

After the sentencing, Becky Robinson, little Callie's aunt said justice had been served in that Callie's brothers will be safe now.

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  • by gaye Location: winchester on Jun 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    May these two feel the same and total pain that they caused this beautiful baby girl. I see him crying when he was sentenced. You recon how much little Callie cried at his hands?! You better be glad that you got the sentence that you did here on earth as I am sure you will be judged much more harshly by the Great and Almighty Lord when your gone for what you did to his precious little angel.
  • by Casey Location: Somerset on Jun 9, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I was so sickened hearing this story....I have a 2 year old little girl and I can't imagine someone abusing her. I don't think their punishment was harsh enough. Why not torture both of them the same way this little girl was. Wonder how they would like burns with cigarettes on the feet or maybe shock them and make burns?This is one sick society that are letting murders get away with a slap on the hand. Ship them over to one of these countries that still use the eye for an eye judgement where they both would truly get what they deserve. True judgement will come to them as soon as they go off to prison and the other imates find out what their there for.
  • by Julie Location: Winchester on Jun 9, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    (edited) A child who loves unconditionally and sees no fault. I have no compassion for these people. They should have received the death penalty. If we had stricter penalties for this behavior, we might not have overcrowding in our prisons.
  • by james Location: Salyersville on Jun 8, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    Who thinks that 25 years and 35 years are enough time for a crime like this..the child is gone forever thanks to them!
  • by Mad_Grandma Location: Somerset on Jun 8, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    EVERYONE we all need to wake up our system, I have been fighting for going on 3 years for two little girls that are my grandchildren in Adair county. We report what the 7 and 3 year old tells us about daddy hitting them even leaving hand prints on the 7 year olds legs (the child protection says she fell off a swing)finger prints are blistered on her leg ( she told them daddy hit her for splashing water in the bathtub) until our services that are to protect children do their job .CHILDREN CAN NOT BE PROTECTED.This weekend she reported (the hospital called them) that daddy pulled her clothes off and papaw told her she would go to jail if she told. We also got no response and had to take them back to the home. Someone please tell me this is the correct way to protect them. This is with the other mamaw being a school teacher and the governers office is involved with no good being done. Hope all children out there are helped better by the offices i work and pay taxes to.I have'nt seen it yet
  • by makes me sick on Jun 8, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    It seems like everytime you turn the news ona little precious child is being killed. This is so sad to hear about this little girl. I don't know the details of this story so i don't really know how she was killed. I don't think I want to know either. These people should be tortured the same way she was. I can't believe the comment that saddened made. I mean come on these people KILLED a two year old and your complaining about the prisons overflowing. Who gives a crap these people deserve to be in there and they deserve a whole lot more than they will get too. This little girl is in Heaven right now where she will never be hurt again. RIP Callie
  • by ray Location: langley ky on Jun 8, 2008 at 07:32 PM
    To MOM...That is what Sandden was trying to say when he/she whs was talkig... "Reasonable punishment for these two would be to punish them in the same horrible way they abused Callie". Would'nt you say? Look these two will get for what is coming to them...oh yea let me tell you that they will get for what they got coming to them in time...god if I could only say for what really want to say they would'nt put up here...I got a 7 mo old, and I would never ever do or even thank about doing for what they did to that poor lil-babygirl. Well any way God rest her lil-heart, and keep her safe with you. Amen!
  • by Mom Location: Richmond on Jun 8, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    I personally think that death is too good for these two. Death should be a release, and neither of these two deserve that. As sad as this is, and as guilty as the mother and her boyfriend are, this COULD have been prevented. The police were called to this residence repeatedly, yet nothing was done to remove these children from the home. As a community, we all need to stop sticking our collective heads in the sand when it comes to domestic violence. Social workers are over worked and under paid, with huge case loads. I feels confident that these children received assistance via medical card. Why can the state government not require that parents submit to quarterly physicals and other measures in order to keep their benefits? I apologize for the rant, but if people worried less about things like PETA and more about the ethical treatment of CHILDREN maybe domestic violence would take a downturn. That being said, I feel very sorry for and my thoughts are with this girl's father.
  • by P.C. Location: Ky. on Jun 8, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    I lost my baby at 3 mos pregnant.I wanted to die with it. God gave me a second chance and I now have a little boy whom I love more than my own life. I will never understand how anyone could hurt a child, that little girl was a gift from GOD.She should have been protected by the ones that killed her.They do not deserve prision,they need to be killed the same way that they killed that baby girl.Some people do not deserve children.I know there parents loved them and asked for leniency for them but that was there granddaughter.That baby will never see her first day of school, or first lost tooth,or her first date,marriage,or her own child.Why should they get to go on with there life.I think they should have gotten the DEATH PENALTY.
  • by Clay Location: Richmond on Jun 8, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    Not to worry, the parole board will release them as soonas possible, the prisons will put them in some special program to get them out early, and that poor baby will still be dead. Great System
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