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Monday, May 10, 2010

Melissa Huckaby Pleads Guilty to Murder of Sandra Cantu

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:35 AM

click to enlarge Melissa Huckaby pleaded guity to murder this morning
  • Melissa Huckaby pleaded guity to murder this morning
Former Sunday School teacher Melissa Huckaby today pleaded guilty to killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu and will be sentenced next month.

In a grim case that earned its share of the media's limelight, the Tracy, Calif. child's body turned up in a suitcase in an irrigation ditch last year. Former trailer court neighbor Huckaby turned herself in to police and was subsequently charged with kidnapping, rape, and murder. The granddaughter of a local pastor lived with her 5-year-old in the same trailer court and was described by family as a loving mother with an angelic singing voice -- who suffered from bouts of depression.

She is facing a sentence of 25 years to life without the possibility of parole; sentencing is slated for June 14.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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