AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – A woman convicted of asphyxiating her 8 year-old daughter pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying on her taxes.
Candace Cartagena pleaded guilty to first degree offering a false instrument for filing. On her 2010 taxes, the 35-year-old claimed to have three dependents. But by then, Candace Cartagena had murdered her 8-year-old daughter, Bianca, and the two other children are another woman’s sons.
The Amherst woman was convicted of second degree murder in July after a non-jury trial. Judge Thomas Francyzk said Cartagena “dashed off a litany of lies” in an attempt to mislead her own family and the police, even in the hours after she killed Bianca.
Cartagena faces a maximum of four years in prison, in addition to a minimum of 15 years and maximum of life for the second degree murder conviction, when she is sentenced this month.