Jail for a 1957 murder? That might be exactly what a Wisconsin woman is facing. The 1957 murder of an infant could lead to jail time for Ruby Klokow, but it's possible that she gets off with just probation. According to a report from Monday (Feb. 25), Klokow has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and may end up with just probation in the case.
Originally, the death of her 6-month-old daughter was ruled as an accident when Klokow claimed that her baby rolled off the couch and bumped her head back in 1957. The death was determined to be from a brain injury and her story seemed to fit what had taken place. Years later, her son came forward with claims of child abuse and the story that Klokow was telling began to change.
Now it looks like the death of the baby may not have been an accident. According to the report, Klokow admitted, "she may have roughly thrown the baby on the couch all those years ago and the child bounced to the floor." That changes everything in the case, which is compounded with the claims of her son that he was choked and regularly beaten by his mother when he was a child.
Now the 76-year-old that could have gone to jail for the 1957 murder may wind up with fewer than 45 days in jail and 10 years of probation in the case. It seems that the state just doesn't see the benefit to putting her in jail at this advanced age and that it now falls on a judge to consider the recommended sentence. Until then, Klokow remains free.
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