WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — In a measure of mercy for a convicted mother-turned-murderer, a judge in White Plains on Wednesday sentenced Lacey Spears to less than the maximum for poisoning her own 5-year-old son with <a href=”http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/17/lacey-spears-pleads-not-guilty-to-poisoning-5-year-old-son-to-death-in-westchester-county/”a lethal dose of salt.
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Spears we sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, as the judge said he hoped she would get help behind bars.READ MORE: New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza Stepping Down
Spears, 27 – most recently of Scottsville, Kentucky – offered no explanation or apology before being sentenced in the death of her bright-eyed, blond-haired son, Garnett-Paul Thompson Spears, in Westchester County.
Spears listened in obvious discomfort as first the assistant district attorney, and then the judge, recapped her crime of poisoning Garnett with salt using a feeding tube that should have been removed years ago.
They said Spears kept her son sick in a world of doctors and hospitals – and obviously killed him – to harvest sympathy in “mommy blogs” and online posts.
“Garnett Spears should be in school today and he’s not because his mother murdered him,” Assistant Westchester County District Attorney Doreen Lloyd said at sentencing.
“He had a right to grow up, and a right to grow old,” Lloyd added. “And she stole that from him.”