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Grandmother Gets 9 Years in Prison for Killing Her Granddaughter Who Vanished in 1998

(L to R) Lois Janish was sentenced for murdering her granddaughter Coral Hall (Police Handout; Natl. Center for Missing & Exploited Children) (L to R) Lois Janish was sentenced for murdering her granddaughter Coral Hall (Police Handout; Natl. Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

A 75-year-old Michigan woman was sentenced Friday for the 1998 murder of her granddaughter, officials said.

Lois Janish was silent in court as she was ordered to spend at least nine years in prison for the death of her 14-year-old granddaughter, Coral Hall, the Associated Press reported.

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She pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in September, 17 years after Hall went missing after she used a payphone near a tavern, police said.

Hall used the phone to call a friend, and said she had fought with her grandmother, cops said. She was never heard from again and her remains have never been found.

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Janish made several different statements to police about her granddaughter’s whereabouts, and once said she killed Hall with a hammer. She later recanted that story and many others.

Janish will be eligible for parole after nine years, including more than two years spent in jail, the AP wrote.

Judge Joseph Farah reportedly acknowledged that the sentence was below the guidelines, but said it would have been a tough case for prosecutors.

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