WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Friday, Carlese Hall, 31, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 55 years in prison on charges stemming from the slaying in December 2008 of her seven-year-old daughter, says U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
She was convicted by a jury in December 2010 of first-degree felony murder and other charges.
According to the government's evidence, on December 26, 2008, at about 6:30 a.m., Hall, who was unclothed, approached a DC police officer, who was parked in the 3400 block of 13th Street SE. Hall stated that she had killed her daughter and set her own house on fire, but then refused to give the location.
The officer noticed that Hall was bleeding from her chest area. Hall eventually gave her address in the 3300 block of 11th Place SE.
Hall appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was transported to the hospital.
Police found thick smoke when they arrived at the house and DC Fire crews put out the fire.
A firefighter found the body of Amari Hall inside her bedroom. She was transported to Children's National Medical Center where she was pronounced dead from a single stab wound to the chest. An autopsy showed Amari died from a stab wound which punctured her pulmonary artery.
At trial, the government presented evidence that Hall was under the influence of PCP when she was arrested. Evidence also indicated that the fire was set no more than 15 minutes before Hall approached the police officer and it was started in Carlese Hall's bedroom.
Hall was convicted of charges of felony murder while armed, second-degree murder while armed, first degree cruelty to children, arson, and felony destruction of property, as well as several aggravating circumstances based on the child's age and vulnerability.