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Mother seeks tougher sentence for herself

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 11:46:10-05

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida mother charged with fatally shooting her teenage daughter has rejected a plea deal that would have given her 30 years in prison and says she wants a tougher sentence.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sujatha Guduru said Wednesday during a hearing in Sanford that she would plead guilty only if she were allowed to spend the rest of her life in prison.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered her to undergo a mental health evaluation and return to court in March.

Last year, she had asked for the death penalty, but a judge, a prosecutor and her defense attorney said that was not possible.

Her attorney, Brian Bieber, said after the hearing that she was feeling a tremendous amount of remorse and guilt.

Prosecutors say she fatally shot her daughter, Chetana, in 2014.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel