Mother gets 20 years to life for fatal salt-poisoning of son

Lacey Spears
Defendant Lacey Spears, left, stands next to her attorney David R. Sachs during opening statements in her murder trial, Feb. 3, 2015, in White Plains, N.Y. (Joe Larese/AP Photo)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – A woman convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

The mother, Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, was spared the maximum 25 years to life.

The New York judge who sentenced Spears on Wednesday said she suffers from a mental illness.

He said the crime was still “unfathomable in its cruelty.”

Prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence, saying Spears sickened her son because she had a bizarre need for attention.

Spears’ lawyer requested the minimum 15 years to life. He called her a hardworking single mother who gave her son unconditional love.

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