He Said, She Said?

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Leo Guidry's sentence was no surprise. Washington County common pleas Judge Susan Boyer sentenced him to life with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Guidry was convicted in July of murder in the death of his two-year-old daughter, Felicia, last fall, but Guidry wasn't the only person involved in the case of his daughter's death to appear in court Friday morning.

Alicia Hanson, the child's mother, was arrested Thursday night by Washington County sheriff's deputies, charged with giving a false statement on Tuesday. She denied writing a letter Guidry's attorney received August 11.

The letter reads:

Dear Janet McKim;

On November 25, 2003, I, Alicia Hanson, picked Felicia Guidry, my daughter, up by the neck and hit her on the top of the head while Leo Guidry, my fiancé, was in the bathroom. I did not mean to kill her, it was an accident.

Sincerely Yours,
Alicia D. Hanson

"The issue on the motion for a new trial is whether or not I could have had that confession before the trial, and whether or not there's any reliability in that statement," McKim said after Guidry's sentencing Friday morning. "I can't imagine writing down that I killed my child without some credibility in it."

The Washington County Sheriff's Department says it has records of telephone conversations in late July between Guidry and Hanson, in which Guidry tries to persuade Hanson to admit to causing the child's death.

The department says Guidry told her if she did, he could be released from jail and that she couldn't be charged because there wouldn't be enough evidence against her, but what's unfolding is a case that's becoming increasingly complicated.

"It could be years and years before there's a resolution here," McKim said.

Now that motion for a new trial is still pending, as is a request for a handwriting analysis on the letter McKim originally received.

As of late Friday afternoon, Hanson was still in jail on $15,000 bond, with a preliminary hearing set for next week.