December 18, 2001 at 7:03 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 3:15 AM
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - A 21-year-old woman convicted as a teen-ager of smothering her newborn son is to speak for the first time in court on Friday during her re-sentencing hearing.
Evidence that wasn't allowed during Audrey Iacona's trial could help decide whether she goes to prison for causing the death of her newborn son. Iacona secretly delivered the premature baby on May 1, 1997, in the basement of her parents' home. His body was found in a trash bag.
Iacona (pictured as a high school cheerleader, above) was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. She's already spent two years in jail during the appeals process. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the conviction and an appeals court order that she be re-sentenced because the judge didn't explain why he gave her the maximum sentence.
Under Ohio law, the minimum sentence is three years in prison, but prosecutors have said that's not enough.
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