76-Year-Old Mom Gets 45 Days in Jail, Probation in 1957 Murder

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Her attorney, Kirk Obear, said he thought the case against Klokow was unfair.

“There were witnesses that could have been interviewed that have long since died,” he said.

Scott Klokow, another of Ruby Klokow’s children, was found dead in his crib seven years after Jeaneen died. No charges have been filed in his death.

Obear noted that Jeaneen and Scott were exhumed but that nothing was discovered at odds with the initial accidental death rulings.

DeCecco’s announcement last week of a plea agreement came as a relief to James Klokow, now 57. He said he had feared his mother “turning and questioning (him) on the stand.” In an interview with The Associated Press, he said his mother had regularly beaten and choked him.

The case was delayed several times after Klokow was charged in 2011, including for mental tests to see if she was competent to stand trial.

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