Prosecutors said on Thursday that a Texas woman who had been charged with killing her close friend in 2019 after she had just given birth and abducting the baby as part of an intricate conspiracy to pass the newborn off as her own pled guilty to murder.
Travis County Judge Selena Alvarenga sentences Magen Fieramusca to 55 years in prison for murdering her close friend Heidi Broussard and kidnapping her infant daughter in 2019. Her capital murder charge was reduced to first-degree murder as part of a plea deal. pic.twitter.com/A85PgCq6oH
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Magen Fieramusca, 37, was given a 55-year jail term for the murder of Heidi Broussard, 33, according to a statement released by Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza. Fieramusca declined her right of appeal.
The conviction is the result of a crime that began with the loss of a 3-week-old newborn girl in Austin, Texas, and attracted widespread attention as the case progressed and authorities zeroed in on Fieramusca. After Broussard’s body was discovered in Fieramusca’s trunk, the child was reportedly discovered alive at a home in the Houston area.
An arrest affidavit from December 2019 states that Fieramusca kidnapped Broussard and placed her in a black duffel bag. Broussard was last seen in Austin, Texas, at a public elementary school where she was to drop off a younger child. The coroner determined that she was strangled to death.
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“We are hopeful that this outcome will bring some closure to the Broussard and Carey families and help them continue their healing process,” Garza said.
According to the evidence presented in court, Fieramusca and Broussard first became acquaintances almost ten years ago at a church camp. According to the official record, there was a time when Fieramusca had a key to Broussard’s apartment and the two ladies talked about sharing a delivery date.
Broussard’s fiance told detectives that on either December 8 or 9, Fieramusca told him that she had given birth to a baby girl, but he never saw pictures of the newborn. Fieramusca informed a Texas Ranger that on the day Broussard was taken, she and her cousin went to the beach. The affidavit claims that she later told the same officer that she had given birth that day, but that she was unable to provide any details about the birth.