ST. JOSEPH — On what would have been Shimika Hicks' 43rd birthday, her mother asked a Berrien County judge Thursday to keep the man who killed her daughter in prison and throw away the key.

Shimika was just 10 years old when Tommy Richards, 17 at the time, raped and killed her, put her body in garbage bags and dumped her in an abandoned lot in Benton Harbor. The girl's body was found two weeks after she disappeared.