CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The woman who pleaded guilty to helping her ex-boyfriend cover up the death of his 2-year-old son has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars with credit for timed served.
Grace Trotman, the ex-girlfriend of Roger Williams, appeared in Charleston court at 9 p.m. Tuesday for sentencing related to the death of Williams' son, Rodricus. A judge sentenced her to 15 years for homicide by child abuse and 10 years for the desecration of remains.
Trotman was credited for time served since July 2010. Both sentences will run concurrently.
An emotional Trotman was seen crying in court as she apologized to Shaneka Washington, the mother of Rodricus, and asked for her forgiveness. Friends and family took the stand Tuesday to describe Trotman's character, explain how she was "terrorized" by Williams, and to offer their support.
Trotman pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse and desecration of human remains in February after she admitted to reporting Williams missing from The Battery in downtown Charleston on July 6, 2010.
Trotman admitted Rodricus was never taken to The Battery, but was actually buried in a cement-filled trash can by Roger Williams and left in Bowman behind an abandoned mobile home.
The exact cause of Rodricus' death is still undetermined, although Trotman testified in October that he had a seizure after she hit him in the arm, which caused his head to hit a wall. Trotman said Williams would not let her call an ambulance and instead chose to drop Rodricus head-first into a trash can filled with cement and water to try and cover up his death.
Roger Williams was supposed to be taking care of his son for the summer, but testimony from Trotman indicated he had spent his time abusing the boy both mentally and physically. He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole in October for Rodricus' death.