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Montana woman reaches plea deal to homicide charges in death of infant daughter

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 13:03:50-05

A Sidney woman has reached a plea agreement on homicide charges related to the death of her infant daughter, according to The Sidney Herald.

Sasha Hinds entered a plea of "nolo contendere," or no contest, to charges of deliberate homicide and assault with a weapon pursuant to a plea deal with the state on Monday. She had initially pleaded not guilty in April 2019.

In making the plea, Hinds does not admit guilt but accepts conviction. The plea deal replaces the need for a jury trial, which was originally scheduled for later this month.

The charges stem from the death of Hinds' infant daughter, 2-month-old Kylie Ann Hinds< /span> , and the stabbing of 20-year-old Brendan James Sheehan on March 16, 2019.

Witness statements indicated early on that methamphetamine use was a factor in the case. Officers found Hinds and her unresponsive infant after being called for a welfare check when a second 10-year-old child ran from the residence to get help.

The witness was also found with a stab wound in Hinds' apartment.

Richland County Attorney Janet Christoffersen agreed to make sentencing recommendations of 100 years with 20 years suspended for the homicide charge, according to The Herald. A recommendation of 20 years will be made on the assault with a weapon charge, running concurrently.

A sentencing hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon March 2 at the Law and Justice Center in Sidney.

Read more about this case at The Sidney Herald.