Two women who brutally abused a 5-year-old boy will serve lengthy prison sentences under a plea deal reached Friday.
Starkeisha Brown, 26, the child's mother, and 22-year-old Krystal Denise Matthews, Brown's live-in girlfriend, pleaded no contest to corporal injury, dissuading a witness and great bodily injury to a child under 5.
Prosecutors dropped other charges of child abuse, conspiracy, conspiracy to dissuade a witness and torture in exchange for the plea.
In his Compton courtroom, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Jerry Johnson sentenced Brown, who had a prior strike, to 15 years in state prison. Matthews, who had a probation violation, was sentenced to 14 years in state prison.
Prosecutors said they believed the plea was appropriate given the circumstances.
"This plea means several minor children who were witnesses, along with the young victim, are spared the ordeal of appearing in court and facing these two abusers," Deputy Dist. Atty. Adrian G. Roxas said in a prepared statement.