BELFAST — A man who pleaded guilty to a charge of knowing and intentional murder in relation to the February 2018 beating death of his 10-year-old stepdaughter at the start of the week is due to be sentenced August.
Julio Carrillo, 52, who initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea in Waldo County Unified Court July 22, over a year after Marissa Kennedy was discovered deceased at the residence she shared with Julio and her mother, Sharon Carrillo, who faces the same charge.
Both Carrillos have been in custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail since their Feb. 26, 2018 arrests, which occurred the day after Marissa’s death. The young girl allegedly suffered months of sustained beating and other torture before succumbing to her injuries. During interviews with Maine State Police detectives the day of, and after the young girl’s death, both Julio and Sharon Carrillo confessed to participating in the beatings.
Sharon Carrillo and her attorneys allege that she was tortured along with her daughter and was not a participant in her abuse.
Maine Attorney General Office Spokesman Marc Malon said prosecutors will seek a term of life imprisonment.
Julio Carrillo will be sentenced Aug. 28, at 9 a.m.
Sharon Carrillo is expected to go on trial in December.
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