Friday, January 22, 2010

Cleveland woman gets probation for "sitting" death of boyfriend

A Cleveland mother who suffocated her "boyfriend" was sentenced to time served in jail, 3 years probation and 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday, January 20. Mia Landingham, 25, used her 300 pound heft to smother her "boyfriend," 120 lb Mikal Middleton-Bey, on Saturday August 15, 2009. Middleton-Bey was 29 when he was killed.

She had been drinking all day and the two argued, a police spokeswoman said. Landingham punched him in the face and he grabbed her. She pushed him to the ground and got on top of him. When she got off, he was not breathing. Middleton-Bey was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center at 5:46 a.m.

Sharon Phillips, the victim's stepmother, said that "I just want to let you know how much you have hurt us by taking Mikal away from us." Landingham's public defender pointed out the history of domestic violence between the couple and his client's lack of criminal record.

While Middleton-Bey's family hoped that the Landingham, the mother of his three kids would eventually have a change to be a part of their lives, they were upset at the lack of additional incarceration.  "So basically you can say that I can go sit on somebody and get probation. I feel there wasn't no justice."

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