Sarasota woman sentenced to life for killing stepdaughter

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SARASOTA, FL. - A Sarasota woman convicted in the death of her stepdaughter will spend the rest of her life behind bars.

On Thursday, Misty Stoddard received her life sentenced, plus an additional 30 years.

Prosecutors say Stoddard hog tied 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard to a board and duct taped her mouth, causing her to suffocate.

Her defense has 30 days to appeal.

Melissa's biological father, Kenneth Stoddard, will go on trial later this month.