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Published April 04, 2013, 05:42 PM

21-month-old's killer released, mother speaks out

The mother of a slain 21-month-old baby girl says she's furious her daughter's convicted killer is being released today, only five years after he was sentenced to prison. Prosecutors agreed to a plea deal with James Alberts Junior because they say it was the only way to make sure he spent some time behind bars.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The mother of a slain 21-month-old baby girl says she's furious her daughter's convicted killer is being released today, only five years after he was sentenced to prison. Prosecutors agreed to a plea deal with James Alberts Junior because they say it was the only way to make sure he spent some time behind bars.

Alberts was sentenced to 20 years in the department of corrections for killing Katrina Ann Rardon, bBut that sentence came with only seven years of prison time. Alberts was sentenced in the January 2007 death of Katrina Ann Rardon, who died as a result of a skull fracture. Alberts was living with his girlfriend at the time, Katrina's mother Karey Rardon. Rardon says Alberts' release is a failure of justice. She says she wants him behind bars for life. Ramsey County States Attorney Lonnie Olson says prosecutors agreed to the plea deal because similar child homicide cases that went to trial have resulted in an acquittal. Karey Rardon says she she never made a victim's statement in the case and says she's angry she never got a say in how the case turned out. Alberts will continue to serve five years of supervised probation and could potentially still face life in prison if he commits another crime.

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