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Hamm, Lagrone Won't Face Death Penalty


Clinton, ILL – A Clinton woman accused of drowning her three children in Clinton Lake last September will not face a death sentence if she is convicted.

The special prosecutor handling Amanda Hamm's case says he made the decision late last week.

Prosecutor Roger Simpson also says he will not seek a death sentence against Hamm's former boyfriend, Maurice Lagrone Junior, if he is convicted of murder.

Hamm and Lagrone are each charged with nine counts of first-degree murder in the drownings of six-year-old Christopher Hamm, three-year-old Austin Brown and 23-month-old Kyleigh Hamm.

The children were in the back seat of Hamm's car when it rolled off a boat ramp and sank in the lake.

Hamm and Lagrone have each pleaded innocent to the charges. They are scheduled for court appearances later this month.