Grady denied probation request, sentenced to 21/2 years in prison
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Saturday, June 09, 2012
6/09/12 at 7:57 AM
A Tulsa judge denied a defense request for probation and sentenced Susan Grady to two-and-a-half years in prison for second-degree manslaughter, linked to the diabetes-related death of her ailing son, whose treatment relied upon spiritual means.
Prosecutors asserted that Susan Grady acted with "culpable negligence" toward 9-year-old Aaron Grady between June 2 and June 5, 2009, by not seeking medical treatment for him, allowing his condition to become increasingly worse and causing him to suffer and die.
Aaron died June 5, 2009, at his family's Broken Arrow apartment from complications of diabetes mellitus.
At a formal sentencing Friday, District Judge William Kellough sentenced Grady, 43, to the same sentence a jury imposed in May when she was found guilty of the manslaughter offense.
"I respect the jury process," Kellough said.
Grady, who had been free on bond, was jailed May 25 after the trial's conclusion. She was listed with a Tulsa address when she was booked into jail last month.
Defense attorney Rob Nigh said Friday that a decision has not been reached regarding whether Grady will appeal.
Kellough denied a defense request for a suspended sentence. The judge indicated that he believes Grady got a fair trial.
In a sentencing memorandum, defense attorneys wrote that Grady's actions "were motivated by her faith and her heartfelt belief she was doing what was best for her son."
She was raised to follow the word of God as written in the Bible and to try to live according to the word of God and the tenets of the Church of the Firstborn, that memorandum says.
Regarding 9-year-old Aaron, Grady told Broken Arrow police in 2009 that "I felt like God would heal him."
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Susan Grady: Regarding her 9-year-old son, Aaron, she told Broken Arrow police that "I felt like God would heal him."