Wisconsin court upholds conviction in torture case

September 29, 2011 - 11:55 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a drifter accused of helping to kill a fellow gang member and torturing the woman's 11-year-old son was properly convicted.

Columbia County prosecutors accused Candice Clark of helping to kill Tammie Garlin and torturing her son nearly to death. Clark was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 2008 after reaching a plea deal on multiple charges.

She argued on appeal that the judge never told her she could have said she was a bystander in Garlin's death, a detective threatened her during an interview and her sentence was too harsh.

The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled the judge didn't have to inform Clark about potential defenses, the detective didn't threaten her and the sentence was appropriate.

Clark's attorney didn't immediately return a message.