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Girl, 14, Get 34 Years In Murder Of Woman

Sun., Oct. 13, 1996

A 14-year-old girl was sentenced to 34 years in prison for joining two teenage brothers in the murder of a disabled woman who was stabbed in her apartment and robbed of $3.

“I’m at a loss to understand why you took part in this,” Judge Jeffrey Kremers told Jessica Lynn Coulson, who wept as she was sentenced Friday.

Cheryl Straetz, 48, who had multiple sclerosis, was killed Dec. 16. She had been stabbed and cut 29 times, an autopsy found.

Jacob Baker, 15, identified as the stabber, and Coulson were tried as adults. Baker also was convicted of murder and received a 50-year prison sentence.

The third assailant, Baker’s 16-year-old brother, was sentenced to detention until age 25.

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