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Downstate woman gets 40 years for killing stepson
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Published: 1/28/2010 3:50 PM

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EDWARDSVILLE -- An Alton woman who admits she killed her 22-month-old stepson in a fit of rage is headed to prison for 40 years.

A Madison County judge handed down the sentence Thursday against 29-year-old Jami Anderson.

Anderson pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder.

Authorities say Anderson slammed Chase Anderson's head into a door frame last March. The stepmother first told investigators the toddler was injured in a fall, but she later confessed she lost her temper.

The child died of head trauma at a St. Louis hospital.

Prosecutors had sought as much as a 50-year sentence on the murder count, which was punishable by up to six decades in prison. Anderson's attorney asked the judge for no more than 20 years in prison.