Sen. Diamond releases statement on the sentencing of Sharon Carrillo in the death of Marissa Kennedy
AUGUSTA — On Friday, at the Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast, Justice Robert Murray sentenced Sharon Carrillo, of Stockton Springs, to 48 years in prison for the murder of her daughter, 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy. Carrillo was convicted of depraved indifference murder in Marissa’s death by a jury in December. Julio Carrillo, who is Sharon’s husband and Marissa’s stepfather, pleaded guilty earlier this year to the murder of Marissa and is currently serving a 55-year sentence.
In response, Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, who has watched the case since it began, released the following statement:
“I want to thank Justice Murray for his thoughtful, fair approach to this trial. The courts have stepped up in this case and done a really good job where our child protection system has failed. Marissa’s death was a senseless, preventable tragedy. While listening to this trial, I was struck by how many times abusive incidents in the Carrillo household were discovered by others, and somehow, Marissa was allowed to stay there. Our child protective services system must be fixed, and doing so requires vigorous, unrelenting oversight to ensure that no child in Maine will die at the hands of an abuser again. The Legislature needs to establish ongoing oversight of child protective services within DHHS to make sure changes designed to improve the system do not break down and leave children in the state’s care vulnerable to abuse and death.”