Kelsie Thomas is out of prison

Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 3:03 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Kelsie Thomas is out of prison. KYOU has confirmed with the Wapello County Attorney’s office that she was paroled early from prison where she was supposed to serve a five-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

KYOU also contacted the women’s prison in Mitchellville, Iowa and we were told they had no record of her.

Reuben Neff says the Iowa Department of Corrections can decide if an inmate can be paroled early and Thomas was granted this.

Neff says he was frustrated by this news.

We’re working to gather more information on her early release and will update the story as details become available.

Original story: Kelsie Thomas was sentenced to five years in prison. She’s the Ottumwa woman convicted in the death of her five-year-old daughter.

Thomas was found guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter following a bench trial back in November. But in December, Thomas’s attorneys filed a motion asking for clarification on the judge’s ruling, that hearing took place on Monday, January 4th.

On Tuesday, January 5th the judge issued her ruling on the motion. She said the state had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter, a class D felony.

Thomas was originally charged with murder and child endangerment of her daughter Cloe. But a jury wasn’t able to reach a unanimous verdict on the murder charge and acquitted her on the child endangerment charge. This lead to her re-trial, but instead of a jury deciding her fate, Thomas requested a bench trial where the judge decided the case.

Thomas initially told police her daughter hung herself with a pair of pajamas, but later admitted to police she killed her daughter in a fit of anger and frustration.

While the sentence is for five years, Thomas will be credited for the time she has already served since her arrest back in 2018.

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