BELFAST – The stepfather of a 10-year-old girl who was beaten to death a year ago admitted to the crime Monday in Waldo County Superior Court.
There were around 50 injuries on the body of Marissa Kennedy when police responded to a 911 call made from the Stockton Springs condo where she lived in February 2018.
“She had actually been dead for a significant period of time before the 911 call was placed,” said Assistant Attorney General Don Macomber. “She was cold to the touch, she was stiff and she was covered with significant bruising to her face and abdomen.”
“Not a single one of her approximately 50 known injuries were necessarily fatal,” Macomber added later, as family members quietly cried in the courtroom. “But the constancy and the severity of the trauma, accompanying stress, documented by her hair loss, and her bloated thymus, and cardiac response lead to her death.”
The girl’s stepfather, Julio Carrillo, entered a guilty plea to murder Monday at the Waldo Judicial Center. He faces between 25 years to life in prison.
“This was a heinous crime,” Macomber said on the court steps. “It’s affected the entire state. And we’re glad he was finally able to step up and admit what he had did to his stepdaughter.”
He said the state would be asking for a life sentence.
Carrillo and his wife, Sharon, who is the mother of Marissa Kennedy, are both charged in her brutal death.
If Julio Carrillo will testify against his wife is still up in the air.
“That’s up to the prosecutors,” said his attorney Darrick Banda, after court. “It’s not up to us. And he’s certainly willing to cooperate in any way that he can. If they want to use him we’re available.”
Sharon Carrillo’s attorney said her client is pleased with her husband’s decision.
“It kinda validates, I think, what Sharon has been saying, in that Julio has come forward and accepted that he is, in fact, responsible for what happened here,” said Laura Shaw, who represents Sharon Carrillo.
Julio Carrillo is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 28.