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By Nolan Clay Published: August 17, 2007
BRISTOW — A judge has delayed to Sept. 11 the formal sentencing for the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs.

Raye Dawn Smith, 27, was found guilty in July of enabling child abuse. Jurors chose a punishment of 27 years in prison. Her formal sentencing was set for next week.

Judge Paul Vassar delayed the formal sentencing at the request of Smith's new attorney, Stephen Jones of Enid.

The attorney also plans to ask the judge for a new trial. Jones said he has until Oct. 10 to make that request.

Vassar has few options at a formal sentencing. The judge could order Smith to spend all 27 years in prison or he could suspend part or all of the time. The judge cannot impose more years.

Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker after months of suffering broken bones, bruises and other injuries. At trial, prosecutors alleged Kelsey's stepfather abused the child and eventually sexually assaulted and murdered her and that Smith did nothing to stop it.

Smith denies she let anyone hurt Kelsey. She did not testify at her trial.

Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, once charged with murdering Kelsey, pleaded guilty in February to enabling child abuse. He is serving 30 years in prison.

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