16-year-old girl convicted of murder will stay in jail pending sentencing, judge rules

Trish Mehaffey
Published: March 18 2014 | 4:34 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:49 am in

A judge denied a motion Friday to move a 16-year-old girl convicted of second-degree murder to a juvenile detention center in Eldora.

Attorneys for Daimonay Richardson asked the court to move her from the Jones County Jail to the center pending sentencing which is set for the end of May. They argued two weeks ago that her confinement in "isolation" is cruel and unusual but 6th Judicial District Mary Chicchelly in her ruling didn't agree with their argument and she was going to leave Richardson's detainment up to the Linn County Sheriff's Office in accordance with Iowa code.

Chicchelly said in her ruling that Linn County Sheriff's officials had concerns regarding Richardson's health care because she is pregnant. If she was moved 75 minutes away from Cedar Rapids to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Iowa, as requested by her attorneys, it would be difficult for her to access her current doctors as she begins the last month of her pregnancy.

Her attorneys argued in the motion that she wasn't getting regular medical care in Jones County.

Chicchelly said in her ruling it's "unfortunate" that Richardson is the only female juvenile being held at the jail and she has no interaction or contact with adult inmates because of the sight and sound restrictions, but it's for her own safety.

Richardson testified during the hearing two weeks ago that she is held in a four person cell by herself and can only play games like solitaire or watch television. She isn't allowed education course work, which juveniles usually receive while in detention. Richardson also said she can only go to a room and walk in circles for exercise but there is no workout equipment.

Richardson faces up to 50 years in prison, possibly fewer because of her age, for her role in killing Ronald Kunkle, 22, who was stabbed 30 times at his residence May 18, 2013, according court documents. Richardson admitted she and her boyfriend, D Anthony Curd, 19, armed themselves with steak knives and planned to rob and kill Kunkle.


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