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Victim’s family “disappointed” with sentence in brutal beating death

Marcella's cousin John Gramlich expresses disappointment in Friday's ruling. Global News

CALGARY – 41-year-old Diane Palmantier was sentenced to six years in prison Friday for a violent assault three years ago that lead to the death of a 53-year-old woman.

Marcella “Marcie” Gramlich was dropped off at the Peter Lougheed hospital on October 28, 2011. She had no vital signs at the time and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. She had been so badly beaten she was unrecognizable.

Gramlick’s family says they’re disappointed with the judge’s ruling.

“Nothing ever seems sufficient in a case like this. Marcie is gone… the world lost a good person,” says cousin John Gramlich.

Palmantier was originally charged with first degree murder. Her charges were downgraded to second degree murder after the preliminary hearing. She later pled guilty to manslaughter.

Police never established a  motive for the killing but believe Gramlich knew Palmantier and had gone for a drive with her and a man. The man was never charged.

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Palmantier will receive credit for time already served which means she will remain in jail for another year and a half.

Marcella “Marcie” Gramlich was dropped off at the Peter Lougheed hospital on October 28, 2011. Global News

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