Lacey Spears Sentenced To 20 Years To Life

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary sentenced Lacey Spears to 20 years to life in Westchester County Court today. On March 2, a jury found Spears guilty of second-degree murder in the poisoning death of her 5 year-old son Garnett. Spears faced up to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum penalty for the crime with the prosecution citing her “depraved, despicable, and evil” actions to seek this out. Defense attorney David Sachs brought forward letters of support from family as he requested the minimum of 15 years to life, maintaining her innocence from the start of trial. Justice Neary believed Spears to be suffering from Munchausen by proxy, a rare syndrome that may have accounted for her actions. After sentencing, Spears’ defense attorneys found the sentencing, “curious” as there had been no evidence presented regarding Spears’ mental illness.

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