Teen Who Killed Her Mother by Stabbing Her 60 Times Says 'I Do Miss My Mom' as She's Sentenced

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Teen Killed Mother by Stabbing Her 60 Times: 'I Do Miss My Mom'

An Indiana teen who fatally stabbed her mother has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

On Wednesday, 17-year-old Chastinea Reeves was sentenced by a Lake Superior Court judge as part of a plea deal, the Chicago Tribune, WGNTV and NWI Times report.

During the hearing, the teen told the judge she regretted murdering her mother.

“If I could go back, I wouldn’t do it,” Reeves said. “I do miss my mother.”

In Feb. 2017, Reeves’s mother, Jamie Garnett, 34, was found dead in their Gary home she had been stabbed 60 times. An AMBER Alert was issued for Reeves, then 15, who was located and taken into custody, Fox32 reported at the time.

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She was charged with murder and in May pleaded guilty, accepting a plea deal, according to the Tribune. 

“Your being young doesn’t impress me. You knew better. You knew better than this,” Judge Diane Boswell told Reeves Wednesday.

Chastinea Reeves


It’s unclear what motivated Reeves to kill her mother.

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The teen’s grandmother spoke during the hearing, saying her granddaughter had no criminal record before she killed her mother, her daughter.

“I don’t know exactly what to say,” Rosemary Cruz, asking for her granddaughter to receive some therapy, NWI Times reports.

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“Something’s wrong,” Cruz said. “Something snapped. I hope she can get some type of help mentally to get through what she has done.”

Reeve’s attorney, John Cantrell, could not be reached for comment Thursday.