Candice Nicole Boles was sentenced to 30 years to serve for her part in the death of her 3-year old daughter Andraia Boles in February 2013.
Boles had pleaded guilty to first-degree felony cruelty to children and second-degree cruelty to children during a hearing in June.
Monday’s hearing before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Paul Rose was to determine Boles’ sentence.
The case revolved around the final months and days leading up to the toddler’s death caused by substantial blunt force trauma.
Boles’ husband and co-defendant, Torres Boles, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was found guilty of causing the little girl’s death during his trial in September 2014.
Recalling the brutality of the young girl’s beating and the circumstances of how the toddler was forced to live days and hours on end in the couple’s bathroom, Rose described the crime as horrific, saying, “This case literally shakes your soul.”
Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Melissa Poole argued on behalf of the state, saying that Boles should have done more to protect her daughter from her husband’s abusive hands. She added that Boles was lax in checking up on the toddler after the beating that led to her death. The prosecutor argued that the abuse was ongoing and that Boles never attempted to seek help for her daughter.
Boles’ attorney, Stephen Yekel, described his client as a woman who was intimidated and “beaten down” by her husband. Yekel said Boles was a woman who feared that her husband would do harm to her and her second daughter if she challenged her husband’s authority.
Boles took the stand to offer her testimony in the case, but in the end, Rose decided that the crime deserved the maximum penalty allowed under the law.
Boles, 29, was immediately remanded to serve her 30-sentence, with credit for time served.
Read Sunday’s Coastal Courier for the full report, to include some of Boles’ testimony.