Woman Asks to be Executed After Killing Her Friend With Slow Cooker
By Nigel Boys
Arguing about Presidential elections, especially when drunk, can lead to the breakup of long time friendships or even worse. You only need to look at what happened to two Detroit, Michigan women as they argued who would win the 2016 race to the White House.
Tewana Sullivan, who has a history of bipolar disorder, ended up with a minimum sentence of 23 years in prison, after she beat her friend, Cheryl Livy, to death. She beat her with a with a slow cooker while arguing over presidential hopefuls from two major political parties.
Fifty-one-year-old Sullivan was declared competent to go to trial in the killing of 66-year-old Livy and a judge handed down the recommended sentence in a plea deal between prosecutors and the defendant this week.
“You might as well go ahead and execute me, because I’m not going to make it to 73,” said Sullivan, who tested at five times the legal level for drunken driving in Michigan, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.41, when she killed Livy in her Livonia apartment last October. “I’m going to die in jail, as far as I’m concerned,” she added at the sentencing.
Arguing that Sullivan had undergone brain surgery six years ago, her defense attorney, John McWilliams, said this, along with the fact that she had consumed a large amount of alcohol, could have affected her mental condition, according to MLive. “One was for one major political party and the other was for the other major political party,” he continued about the two women’s argument over the 2016 race for president. However, he did not state which woman was rooting for which candidate.
“I didn’t take my medication like I was supposed to, so I did mess up,’ Sullivan told Wayne County Judge Michael Hathaway. “Without me taking my medication, that was the worst thing I could ever have done.”
Livy was “barely breathing” when he was called to the apartment on the day of the murder and Sullivan was crying over the body of her fatally injured friend, said police officer Michael Lewallen. He added that although Livy was taken to hospital, she died two days later from her injuries, which left blood all over the apartment walls.
“I’m forgiving her for what she has done,” said Livy’s sister, Ann McDonald in court, adding that her sister’s death has caused great pain to her family. “I don’t know what else to say.”
“I’m very sorry for this horrible loss you and your family sustained in this matter,” Hathaway told McDonald. “This was a terrible tragedy and incident.”
While McWilliams said his client is “greatly remorseful” over what she did and “she’s filled with guilt and shame,” Sullivan suggested that the plea deal she made was a mistake, because she fears she’s “not going to make it” in prison. Judge Hathaway responded, “It’s a little late for that now.”
Speaking about Sullivan’s second thoughts about the plea deal after the sentencing, McWilliams said they were “not well placed.” He added “The likelihood of conviction of first-degree murder was great and the state wouldn’t have to give her mental health care.”
Sullivan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May while mentally ill. Her maximum sentence is 50 years, but she will be eligible for parole after 23 years. She will continue to get mental health care while she remains incarcerated.