Sunday school teacher gets life in prison for murder of Sandra Cantu
June 14, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Melissa Huckaby, a former Sunday school teacher that was charged in the death of her daughter’s eight year old playmate, has been sentenced after previously pleading guilty. She originally plead not guilty in April 2009 to the charges, after eight-year-old Sandra Cantu was found dead and stuffed into a suitcase in an irrigation pond.In early May Huckaby, whose daughter was one of Cantu’s playmates, pleaded guilty to first degree murder. In exchange prosecutors dropped charges of rape and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, counts that would have warranted the death penalty. Huckaby formally apologized to Cantu’s family citing her brutal acts as inexplicable: “I loved Sandra. I wish I could give you an explanation…I can’t understand why I did what I did.” Her apology came with the understanding that it may be inconsequential: “It is not enough that I say that I am sorry,” she said. “But that is all that I can do.” Huckaby used a noose to strangle Cantu, officials revealed today during the confessed killer’s sentencing. She was sentenced to life without parole.