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Attorney won't challenge cutting prison time for Iowa woman convicted in 3-year-old's death


ORANGE CITY, Iowa — A county attorney in northwest Iowa says he won't appeal a judge's decision to cut in half a 100-year prison sentence for a woman accused of killing a 3-year-old girl in her care.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says in a news release Wednesday there appears to be no authority to vacate District Judge Edward Jacobson's reconsideration in October of Rochelle Sapp's sentence.

Sapp pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges in the 2013 death of Autumn Elgersma. The plea deal dropped a first-degree murder charge and Sapp agreed to back-to-back 50-year sentences.

Iowa law allowed Jacobson to reconsider the sentence within one year. Kunstle says Autumn's family has agreed to accept the decision, and they plan to attend all of Sapp's future parole hearings.

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