Mother gets 20 years to life for poisoning son with salt

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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, Lacy Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, was spared the maximum 25 years to life.

Spears was found guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Garnett-Paul Spears at a suburban New York hospital.

The 27-year-old was found guilty of force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through the boy’s stomach tube.


Garnett-Paul Spears


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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