25-year sentence for woman whose attack led to father-in-law’s death

A woman charged with beating her 85-year-old father-in-law severely enough that the injuries led to his death was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.

Amanda Rae Julian, 33, of Panama City, pled no contest Friday to Aggravated Manslaughter of an Elderly Person, Aggravated Battery on a person over 65, Felony Battery, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and 1 misdemeanor. Circuit Court Judge Brantley Clark accepted the plea, adjudicated the defendant guilty and ordered the 25-year prison sentence.

Prosecutor Frank Sullivan was prepared to call witnesses and offer evidence at trial that the defendant arrived home intoxicated the evening of Feb. 19 and attacked Jerry Lee Julian, her 85-year-old father-in-law, in the garage.

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The evidence would have shown the defendant struck the victim repeatedly and knocked him down, causing, among other injuries, a severe head wound. The victim was able to give Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies a statement, identifying his attacker and describing the beating.

The defendant was arrested that evening, and the victim was taken to the hospital. He succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Basford thanked the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for its work on the case.

For more information, contact Mike Cazalas at mike.cazalas@sa14.fl.gov, or call 850–381–7454.