Jimenez sentenced to minimum 53 years
Albert Jimenez Jr., 30, of Truckee, was sentenced Monday to 53 years-to-life for causing the death of one-year-old Kylie Ann Kirbis-Fernhoff last year in Truckee.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards sentenced Jimenez in Nevada City, imposing the maximum sentence possible.
Jimenez was convicted last month on charges of second-degree murder, felony child abuse resulting in great bodily injury and assault on a child under eight causing death.
The child lived with her mother and Jimenez in Truckee when Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a child choking on April 3, 2001.
Jimenez told deputies that the infant was choking on a cracker and that he tried the Heimlich maneuver, but wasn’t sure if he performed it correctly.
During the course of the investigation detectives determined the injuries were inconsistent with information provided, and Jimenez was arrested and charged shortly after the girl died on April 4, 2001 at Washoe Medical Center after she was taken off life support.
During the trial, which began in late April and finished in May, even medical experts said they were surprised at the extent of the injuries, with two of them testifying that it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.
After Monday’s sentencing Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Frederick T. Holmes said it would be unlikely that Jimenez would ever be free again.
“Even after he serves 53 years, under current probation standards it’s unlikely he would be released,” said Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Frederick T. Holmes. “In all probability, this was a life sentence.”
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