MOUNT VERNON — A six-year prison sentence was handed down to Tabitha M. Raver in Knox County Court of Common Pleas this morning. Raver appeared before Judge Otho Eyster on two first-degree misdemeanors and two third-degree felonies of endangering children.
Raver, 28, was arrested Aug. 21 on a warrant by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office following the death of her 4-year-old son, Kendrick Breece. Raver had called 9-1-1 on Aug. 12 claiming her son was barely breathing after having fallen down a stairs at their West Vine Street residence. Raver had initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea to guilty on Jan. 25, telling Eyster she had created a health and safety risk for her children by choosing to live with an abuser.
Following a presentencing investigation and bond set at $100,000, Raver appeared today for her sentencing, represented by attorney James Giles. Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher recommended two prison terms of 30 months each and two terms of six months each, and to be served concurrently.
Eyster upheld the prison terms recommended but stated they were to be served consecutively. Raver may have up to three years of post-release control upon release from prison.
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