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Mother, daughter sentenced after man's death

December 7, 2005

Albany-- A South Georgia woman and her daughter have been sentenced in the death of an elderly man living with them. But the man's sister says the punishment isn't harsh enough, and vows to do all she can to get the two more jail time.

Jean Cleghorn believes her brother 77-year old Hugh Dorsey Stevens was a murder victim. The Alzheimer patient died in May 2004 after being attacked by Wanda and Candace Chaney's pit bull.

Both women were convicted of making false statements to law enforcement. Wanda Chaney was also charged with tampering with evidence and involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to 90-days in jail and five years probation. Her daughter Candace received five years probation.

"He wanted to live. He loved to live and he's gone now for this heinous, terrible tragedy," said the victim's sister, Jean Cleghorn.

Cleghorn says believes the sentences are too lenient, and plans to voice her concerns to the U.S. attorney's office. District Attorney Denise Fachini says the sentence was not a result of any agreement between the prosecution and defense, but rather a decision made by the judge.

She believes the sentencing hearing had less of an impact because none of Steven's family members were in attendance.

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