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Arizona mother who left kids in hot car during job interview gets 18 years of probation

  • Defense attorney Valeria Llewellyn, left, and Shanesha Taylor leave a downtown Phoenix courthouse surrounded by media on Friday, May 15, 2015. Taylor, who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview in March 2014, was sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

    Defense attorney Valeria Llewellyn, left, and Shanesha Taylor leave a downtown Phoenix courthouse surrounded by media on Friday, May 15, 2015. Taylor, who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview in March 2014, was sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - Shanesha Taylor is shown in an undated photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department. Taylor who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has been sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation.  The sentencing on Friday, May 15, 2015 brings an end to the case that saw the single mother become a figure of public sympathy and then scorn. (Scottsdale Police Department via AP)

    FILE - Shanesha Taylor is shown in an undated photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department. Taylor who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has been sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation. The sentencing on Friday, May 15, 2015 brings an end to the case that saw the single mother become a figure of public sympathy and then scorn. (Scottsdale Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has been sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation.

The sentencing on Friday brings an end to the case that saw the single mother become a figure of public sympathy and then scorn.

A judge followed prosecutors' recommendation in sentencing 36-year-old Shanesha Taylor. Taylor's lawyer had asked for 10 years of probation.

Taylor also must attend parenting classes.

She pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse.

Taylor's tear-stained mug shot was published online following her March 2014 arrest and garnered compassion and more than $100,000 in donations.

But she failed to meet a deadline to put some of the money into a trust for her children as part of an initial plea agreement. Prosecutors then reinstated charges.