Court upholds consecutive terms in girl's death

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a Mesa woman must serve back-to-back sentences for killing her 10-month-old daughter.

Shawnte Shuree Jones was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of release after 25 years for first-degree murder in Labraiya Huff's 2004 blunt-force-trauma death and to 17 years in prison for child abuse

A trial judge ordered Jones' prison terms to run consecutively under a sentencing law for dangerous crimes against children, but an appeals court ruled they must run concurrently. That ruling cited a law that says sentences must run concurrently when convictions stem from a single act.

The Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday says Jones' convictions stem from the same conduct but are different offenses. It also the law on dangerous crimes against children overrides the other law.

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