Brenham mother will serve another year of 20-year sentence

AUSTIN, Tex. (KBTX) – A Texas parole board has denied Brenham native Abigail Young of parole. Young is serving a 20-year sentence for her role in the death of her four-year-old daughter Emma Thompson.

The decision came down Friday, after friends and family protested her release in several private hearings. Now, Young is required to serve another year for her injury to a child by omission conviction.

Emma was reportedly sexually assaulted and beaten to death in 2009. For his role, Young’s boyfriend, Lucas Coe, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

For several years, Amanda Mathews, Emma’s aunt and Young’s sister, has been publicly demanding Young serve her full sentence. She says she’s happy the board heard her family “loud and clear.”

“We will take this time to celebrate the life of Emma and mourn our loss of her. We will be ready next year to fight this fight all over again. We will never stop fighting for Emma. If her story can save one child or make one parent second guess their choices then we feel we are doing what is right,” said Mathews.

Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice say Young will be up for parole review again next summer.