Guilty verdict in elderly woman's suffocation

October 7, 2010 3:40:56 AM PDT
A 25-year-old woman was convicted of murder Wednesday in the plastic-bag suffocation death of a 91-year-old in 2003.

Bronx District Attorney's office spokesman Steven Reed says jurors found 25-year-old Sparkle Daniel guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday.

She faces a maximum of life in prison when she's sentenced Oct. 25.

Prosecutors say Daniel and another woman poured wine down 91-year-old Nellie Hocutt's throat and stuffed her mouth with a piece of cloth before suffocating her with a plastic bag.

They say the suspects bound the woman to a chair with tape and a telephone cord.

At the time of their arrest in 2007, police said the women had decided to rob Hocutt of a gold chain and some towels.

Daniel's relatives have disputed the charges against her.

The second defendant is awaiting trial.


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