The sentence imposed on Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her 5-year-old son’s illnesses on a personal blog called “Garnett’s Journey” and other social media, was less than the maximum penalty of 25 years to life requested by the prosecution.
“By not imposing the maximum, I’m exhibiting something you didn’t show your son – namely mercy,” said Judge Robert Neary in the Westchester County Courthouse in Valhalla.
A jury convicted Spears of second-degree murder in Garnett’s 2014 death at Westchester Medical Center.
Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd described Garnett as a normal, healthy child whose illnesses were induced by his mother, who eventually killed him by putting a lethal amount of salt into the hospitalized boy’s feeding tube, all the while blogging and posting pictures to Facebook.
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