Crime

81 year sentence for Kelli Sartin matches her father’s age at the time she murdered him

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A jury that convicted a woman of murdering her father has decided on an 81 year prison sentence.

The jury returned with the decision at about 6:20 p.m. after convicting Kelli Sartin earlier Thursday, and Judge Raquel West then sentenced Sartin to 81 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for killing Charles Sartin. She faced up to life in prison. The prosecutor asked the jury for the 81 year sentence, matching the age of her father at the time of his murder.

The jury convicted Sartin of murdering her father, 81-year-old Charles Sartin, who owned a popular seafood restaurant in Sabine Pass.

Sartin killed her father at his home in Sabine Pass in September of 2019.

Police found his body wrapped in a tarp on a mattress. It had been there for several days.

Sartin first told police her father had committed suicide by beating himself with a rolling pin and another kitchen utensil.

Police say she later admitted striking him with a rolling pin, a spatula and her fists.

Charles Sartin’s family had called police in the week prior to the discovery, asking officers to check on his welfare.

Written by KFDM/FOX4

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