SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - A mother and her boyfriend will continue serving
12-year sentences for the strangulation death of her 2-year-old daughter, Shaianna Hare.
On Friday, an appeals court in Sumter County upheld the manslaughter convictions.
The court, however, threw out the child neglect charges, calling it double jeopardy.
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a person will not be prosecuted twice for the same incident, the main exceptions being mistrial or if a convicted defendant has asked for an appeal.
The python case sparked both statewide and federal bans on exotic pythons.
A 2010 state law makes it illegal to buy the nonnative snakes anywhere in the state.