A judge has terminated the probation of Brooke Skylar Richardson, 14 months after she was sentenced on an abuse of corpse charge. Richardson was sentenced to three years of community control last year for an abuse of corpse conviction. She was also sentenced to seven days in county jail, but was credited for time served. During her court appearance Tuesday, Richardson apologized, saying that since her sentencing, she has undergone a lot of treatment for her mental health.”I’m working to get that better, I know it has been a short amount of time and I understand that it doesn’t seem like a lot at all, but in that year and two months I have been, you can say, I show remorse and I feel a lot of things, but it’s hard to show,” Richardson said. “I suffer a lot in silence and I do show remorse and I am very sorry.”Richardson said that she requested her probation be terminated so she can fulfill her educational goals.”I just want to show that I can be a normal person again,” Richardson said. “I just want to make everything right again as much as I can.” Judge Donald Oda ruled that due to Richardson’s charge being a low-level felony, her having no prior criminal history and being employed and going to school, there is no reason to invest time and resources of the probation department in supervising her. Video: Jury finds Brooke Skylar Richardson not guilty on 3 of 4 charges”Probation is not punishment, probation is not rehabilitation, probation is the opportunity to demonstrate why it is that the state imprisoned term of 12 months in prison should not be imposed and if you can follow the rules, I don’t impose that sentence,” Oda said. “There is nothing in the three years that I have been supervising you that has happened that leads me to believe that you won’t follow those rules or that you’re going to commit any crimes in the future, so I am going to terminate your probation effective today.”Richardson was 18 years old at the time she secretly gave birth to a baby girl at her Carlisle home in May 2017, then buried the remains.She initially faced additional charges of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, but a jury acquitted her of those charges at her trial. The case divided people in her hometown of Carlisle, with Facebook pages devoted to it and some critics trying to record the Richardson family’s comings and goings for social media.Prosecutors contended that the high school cheerleader wanted to keep her “perfect life” that included plans to begin classes at the University of Cincinnati. They said she hid her unwanted pregnancy and buried her baby in her family’s back yard in May 2017, just after her senior prom.Her defense said Annabelle was stillborn, and that the teen was sad and scared.The remains were found about two months after she gave birth, buried in the back yard of her home where she lived with her parents in Carlisle, a village about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.A forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution concluded the baby died from “homicidal violence.” Prosecutors said Richardson had searched on the internet for “how to get rid of a baby.” They played video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said the baby might have moved and made noises.Cincinnati psychologist Stuart Bassman said “Skylar was being manipulated” into making false statements during interrogations. He described Richardson as a vulnerable, immature person whose dependent personality disorder makes her want to please authority figures, even to the point of making incriminating statements that were untrue.Julie Kraft, an assistant prosecutor, suggested that besides wanting to please authorities, Richardson’s desire to please her family and boyfriend and fear of them abandoning her could have motivated her to commit extreme acts.Her attorneys had twice asked to move the trial that drew daily coverage from Court TV, citing intense publicity they said was fueled by the prosecution — but the judge denied their motions.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A judge has terminated the probation of Brooke Skylar Richardson, 14 months after she was sentenced on an abuse of corpse charge.

Richardson was sentenced to three years of community control last year for an abuse of corpse conviction. She was also sentenced to seven days in county jail, but was credited for time served.

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During her court appearance Tuesday, Richardson apologized, saying that since her sentencing, she has undergone a lot of treatment for her mental health.

“I’m working to get that better, I know it has been a short amount of time and I understand that it doesn’t seem like a lot at all, but in that year and two months I have been, you can say, I show remorse and I feel a lot of things, but it’s hard to show,” Richardson said. “I suffer a lot in silence and I do show remorse and I am very sorry.”

Richardson said that she requested her probation be terminated so she can fulfill her educational goals.

“I just want to show that I can be a normal person again,” Richardson said. “I just want to make everything right again as much as I can.”

Judge Donald Oda ruled that due to Richardson’s charge being a low-level felony, her having no prior criminal history and being employed and going to school, there is no reason to invest time and resources of the probation department in supervising her.

Video: Jury finds Brooke Skylar Richardson not guilty on 3 of 4 charges

“Probation is not punishment, probation is not rehabilitation, probation is the opportunity to demonstrate why it is that the state imprisoned term of 12 months in prison should not be imposed and if you can follow the rules, I don’t impose that sentence,” Oda said. “There is nothing in the three years that I have been supervising you that has happened that leads me to believe that you won’t follow those rules or that you’re going to commit any crimes in the future, so I am going to terminate your probation effective today.”

Richardson was 18 years old at the time she secretly gave birth to a baby girl at her Carlisle home in May 2017, then buried the remains.

She initially faced additional charges of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, but a jury acquitted her of those charges at her trial.

The case divided people in her hometown of Carlisle, with Facebook pages devoted to it and some critics trying to record the Richardson family’s comings and goings for social media.

Prosecutors contended that the high school cheerleader wanted to keep her “perfect life” that included plans to begin classes at the University of Cincinnati. They said she hid her unwanted pregnancy and buried her baby in her family’s back yard in May 2017, just after her senior prom.

Her defense said Annabelle was stillborn, and that the teen was sad and scared.

The remains were found about two months after she gave birth, buried in the back yard of her home where she lived with her parents in Carlisle, a village about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.

A forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution concluded the baby died from “homicidal violence.” Prosecutors said Richardson had searched on the internet for “how to get rid of a baby.” They played video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said the baby might have moved and made noises.

Cincinnati psychologist Stuart Bassman said “Skylar was being manipulated” into making false statements during interrogations. He described Richardson as a vulnerable, immature person whose dependent personality disorder makes her want to please authority figures, even to the point of making incriminating statements that were untrue.

Julie Kraft, an assistant prosecutor, suggested that besides wanting to please authorities, Richardson’s desire to please her family and boyfriend and fear of them abandoning her could have motivated her to commit extreme acts.

Her attorneys had twice asked to move the trial that drew daily coverage from Court TV, citing intense publicity they said was fueled by the prosecution — but the judge denied their motions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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