Illinois woman gets 75 years for murder of boyfriend’s son, 4; judge calls her ‘horrible pseudo-parent’


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A report stated that there were 260 bruises, bruises and bruises at the time of the child’s death.

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A 35-year-old Illinois woman was sentenced Friday to 75 years in prison for the brutal murder of her live-in boyfriend’s 4-year-old son.

As WMBD-TV reports in Peoria, the judge called Leslie Jett a “terrible pseudo-parent” during the sentencing after a 5-hour hearing.


Jett was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12 in the beating death of Tate Thurman.

According to WMBD, the boy’s father, Jeremy Thurman, said after the sentence, “Justice done, I’m happy for it.” “Although didn’t bring Tate back, he’s looking down. He’s with me every day, I can feel it.”

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Jeremy Thurman said he didn’t know Jett was abusing his son while he was at work.

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“All the time, she was hiding malicious behavior,” he said, according to WMBD. “I’ve struggled to know that I’ll never hear Tate say, ‘Daddy, I love you.’”

Prosecutors also highlighted Jett’s drug use, including abuse of Adderall, and a day after Tate was taken to the hospital he tested positive for high levels of methamphetamine.

An hour after Tate’s 7-year-old brother left for school, Jett called 911. According to Peoria, when he arrived at the hospital and two days later, he was declared brain dead and taken off life support, Tate did not respond. Journal Star.

According to the Journal Star report, Tate died on February 18, 2020. He had 260 bruises, wounds and abrasions at the time of his death.

Prosecutors said he beat her to death. Jet claims that he slipped and fell. She maintains her innocence.

Assistant State Counsel Mara Michler called Tate’s treatment of Jett “manipulative, dishonest, unreliable, parasitic, cold, self-centered and cruel”.

She said that Jet harassed the little boy, made fun of his father’s excitement when he came home from work, and threatened to stop eating if she was disappointed with him, WMBD informed of.

“Tate was such a nice little boy and loved by everyone – I thought,” Tate’s grandfather Doug Kent said in court, according to magazine Star.

Jett moved into the Peoria home with her boyfriend, their two boys and their 2-year-old son, whom the boy’s grandmother later showed signs of fear and neglect in 2019.

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