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Mother sentenced in killing of infant in microwave

Ka Yang sits next to her attorney, Linda Parisi.
Ka Yang sits next to her attorney, Linda Parisi.

The Sacramento-area woman convicted of killing her 2-month-old daughter in a microwave oven was sentenced Friday to 26 years to life.

In November, a jury found Ka Yang, 34, guilty of first-degree murder and a second count of assault on a child causing great bodily injury leading to death. Yang placed Mirabelle Thao-Lo in the microwave at her family's Robla-area home on March 17, 2011. The baby suffered burns covering 60 percent of her body, including radiation burns that penetrated her internal organs.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White rejected a defense motion to seeking a retrial for Yang. The defense also sought to reduce the conviction to involuntary manslaughter.

Jurors rejected arguments that the Sacramento-area woman killed her child while in the clutches of an epileptic episode, in finding Yang guilty of murder. Their decision, after three weeks of testimony, followed a day of deliberation.

Yang has three surviving children.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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