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Sentencing in Dec. for fetal-abduction case

Bailiffs bring Annette Morales-Rodriguez into a Milwaukee County courtroom Thursday, shortly before a jury convicted her of killing a pregnant woman and slicing out her full-term fetus last year. Morales-Rodriguez now faces a mandatory life sentence, although a judge could allow for the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee woman convicted this week of trying to steal a baby by killing a pregnant woman and cutting out her full-term fetus will find out her sentence later this year.

A jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before convicting 34-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez. She was found guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14. A conviction of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence. However, the judge could allow for the possibility of parole.

Prosecutor Mark Williams said he plans to ask the judge for a life sentence with no parole.

Messages left with Morales-Rodriguez’s public defenders were not immediately returned.

Morales-Rodriguez told police she killed the 23-year-old woman because she was desperate to give her boyfriend a son.

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