Grandmother sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to murder 7-year-old granddaughter
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A grandmother in Rochester was sentenced Wednesday morning to 12 years in state prison for trying to murder her granddaughter.
State Supreme Court Justice Alex Renzi sentenced Stephany Ruckdeschel, 54, after she pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder.
Ruckdeschel will also be sentenced to five years of post-release supervision after her prison sentence is completed.
On October 12, 2017, Ruckdeschel gave the seven-year-old girl a drug without her consent at a home on Wetmore Park in Rochester. Ruckdeschel was trying to kill her daughter, then herself in the process.
The Rochester Fire and Police Departments, as well as AMR Rochester medical staff, intervened and were able to save the lives of both.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Amanda Balling, of the Child Abuse Bureau.
“By pleading guilty to the attempted murder of her granddaughter, the child will not have to go through the difficult process of testifying against her grandmother in court," Senior Assistant District Attorney Amanda Balling said. "It is the hope of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office that the victim can continue to heal from this emotionally and physically disturbing incident now that the defendant is behind bars.”
The seven-year-old girl is now healthy. A no contact order of protection was also issued.