A couple convicted in the death of a ten-year-old girl were sentenced on Thursday afternoon.
Last month, a jury found Patrick and Joy Watkins guilty of the murder of Patrick's daughter, Michaela. The father claimed she died after falling down the stairs.
A medical examiner says they believe she was beaten with a wooden object and the injuries led to her death.
The jury recommended a life sentence and the judge agreed with that decision at Thursday's hearing.
Defense attorneys say they plan to appeal the convictions.
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