Murdering Mom McAnulty Taken Off Death Row

Angela McAnulty, now 51, pleaded guilty and was convicted of aggravated murder in the death of her 15-year-old daughter, Jeanette Maples. 

The emaciated girl was found unconscious in a bathtub in 2009 and died later that night.

McAnulty was sentenced to death in one of the most notorious cases in modern Oregon history. 

She was the state’s only woman on death row, sentenced for torturing, starving, and killing her teen daughter. She has been resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

The Oregon Supreme Court affirmed McAnulty’s conviction in 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case.

New attorneys reviewed McAnulty’s case and filed a petition in 2016 for post-conviction relief, saying her initial two lawyers inadequately represented her.

In 2019, a judge decided that McAnulty’s guilty plea should be vacated and the case returned to Lane County Circuit Court. The judge ruled her attorneys did not use reasonable skill and judgment in advising her to plead guilty without concessions from the state, among other failings.

The Oregon Department of Justice appealed, and McAnulty’s attorneys cross-appealed. 
In 2019, Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1013, which narrows the definition of aggravated murder — the only crime in Oregon eligible for a death sentence.

A settlement in McAnulty’s case was ratified.

“In summary, the settlement agreement provides that the sentence of death is vacated, and Angela McAnulty is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” Patty Perlow, Lane County District Attorney, said in a statement Monday. “Both parties dismiss their appeals in the Oregon Court of Appeals, and Angela McAnulty agrees ‘she will never attempt to challenge in any court her aggravated murder conviction or the stipulated true-life sentence.’”

Jeanette’s stepfather, Richard McAnulty, pleaded guilty in 2011 to murder by abuse. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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