Joyce Garrard Receives Her Sentence
An Etowah County judge spares the life of a woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death. A judge followed the recommendation of a jury today and sentenced Joyce Garrard to life in prison without parole. In March, a jury found Garrard guilty of capital murder for the 2012 death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. Prosecutors said Garrard forced Hardin to run for hours without stopping as punishment for telling a lie. The girl died a couple of days later at a hospital. Garrard's attorneys plan to appeal her conviction.