[UPDATE] Apalachicola, FL - September 24, 2012- 2:07 pm
The attorneys for both sides have reached a plea agreement.
Marianne Bordt plead no contest and was found guilty of second degree murder which is a lesser charge than the original charge of first degree murder.
She was sentenced to 21 and a half years in prison.
Bordt is 73 years old.
[UPDATE] Apalachicola, FL - September 24, 2012- Noon
Attorneys in the murder case against a grandmother charged with drowning her grandson say they have reached a plea agreement.
Marianne Bordt was arrested and charged with first degree murder back in January of 2010. Prosecutors say Bordt drowned her five year old grandson, Camden Hiers, in the bathtub of a vacation home on St. George Island.
Bordts attorneys had been preparing an insanity defense and a trial was scheduled for this October. The judge in the case encouraged the lawyers to reach an agreement.
State Attorney Willie Meggs says they have agreed to a 22 1/2 year sentence but won't disclose the details of the agreement until after the judge accepts the terms.
Court is currently in session in Apalachicola.
Stay with WCTV for more information.
Apalachicola, FL - September 24, 2012
A German grandmother would be spared a potential death sentence if convicted of killing her 5-year-old grandson under a tentative plea agreement, a Florida prosecutor said Friday. State Attorney Willie Meggs confirmed that he and defense lawyers have agreed to a reduced charge and a 21 1/2-year prison term for Marianne Bordt. Prosecutors had previously proposed a 30-year sentence, but the defense rejected it.
APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A tentative plea agreement that would spare a German grandmother from a potential death sentence is going before a Florida judge.
Seventy-three year old Marianne Bordt is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She allegedly drowned her 5-year-old grandson, Camden Hiers of suburban Atlanta, in the bathtub of a beach house in January 2010.
Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey is considering the proposal for a reduction in charges and 21.5 year prison term at a hearing Monday in Apalachicola.
Camden died while Bordt and her husband were vacationing with their grandson on St. George Island in the Florida Panhandle.