UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, on Friday, July 14, 2017, Emily Usnick received a sentence of five years imprisonment for the death of her infant daughter in 2009. The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter was seven years.

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, on Friday, July 14, 2017, Emily Usnick received a sentence of five years imprisonment for the death of her infant daughter in 2009. The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter was seven years. 

The Lake Sun will update this story after speaking with the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Winfrey.

The public defense team representing a former Lake area mother guilty of manslaughter in the death of her infant daughter in St. Elizabeth has filed a motion to set aside the verdict and seek a new trial.

A sentencing hearing for Emily Usnick had been scheduled in Johnson County Circuit Court on June 29, 2017, but an issue in completing the sentencing assessment report (SAR) as well as a conflict of schedule for Judge John O’Malley was responsible for the delay, Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey confirmed last week.

Winfrey said the defense has filed a motion to set aside the verdict reached by a Johnson County jury in May. O’Malley will take up arguments in the request for a new trial as well as sentencing on the manslaughter verdict at a newly scheduled hearing at 1:30 p.m. on July 14, 2017.

The trial was held in Warrensburg on a change of venue from Miller County. Usnick, who was 33 at the time of her arrest for the 2009 incident, was found guilty of first degree involuntary manslaughter after an emotional three day trial and nearly six hours of deliberation by a Johnson County jury, who also acquitted her of a second degree felony murder charge. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.

The deceased infant, Hannah Usnick, was discovered decomposing in the truck of Usnick’s car after Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force agents raided a rural Miller County residence in February 2009, arresting a total of five people for drug possession and manufacturing charges.

The outcome of the drug charges against Usnick are still pending. Those charges were separated from the murder charge after 26th Circuit Judge Stan Moore previously granted a motion to sever the charges prior to the trial.

According to Lake Sun reporting in February 2009, law enforcement officers found drugs, including marijuana and a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, and a non-operational manufacturing lab near the kitchen sink of the residence.

Court documents said an Eldon police officer received a call from an informant who said two children were living in the home and that several residents were currently on probation and/or parole.

Officers were given consent to search the home, and while searching, a methamphetamine substance was reportedly discovered in one of the bedrooms identified by another resident as belonging to Usnick.

Unsick admitted to using different types of illegal drugs while living at the St. Elizabeth residence which belonged to Daniel R. Tellman Sr. who was also charged in the raid, according to court documents.

She was charged with attempting to manufacture/produce a controlled substance and felony possession at the time.