The legal proceedings against foster mother Liz Carroll have now come to a close with her plea in court on Wednesday morning.
The 31 year old pleaded no contest to charges that she lied to investigators and a grand jury as well as filing false reports and inducing panic. The later charges led to a massive search for three year old Marcus Fiesel who was said to me missing when, according to court testimony, was killed nearly a week and a half before in Carroll's Clermont County home.
During the hearing, Carroll read from a prepared statement. As she did, she immediately began to sob. Carroll, a mother of three children, told the court that she was sorry for what had happened that day that Marcus was reported missing from Julifs Park in August of 2006. She also apologized for misleading the community as some 2,500 people searched for the three year old developmentally disabled foster child.
Carroll was abruptly stopped by the judge when she brought up Amy Baker and the immunity deal that she made with prosecutors.
Carroll was sentenced to 14 and-a-half years in prison after the plea. The sentence will run concurrently with her 54 years to life murder sentence that she is currently serving in state prison. She has also been ordered to pay restitution for the cost of the search which is expected to be more than five-thousand dollars.
After the hearing, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters seemed to be unmoved by Carroll's apology in court.
"That the same woman today who cries for Marcus, he was in a closet tied up in a closet screaming for help," said Deters. "And now she weeps that she will never see him again."
Deters added that he was surprised that eight months after Marcus' death that two people, Liz and her husband David Carroll, are now behind bars serving time for his murder.