AJ Freund's mother Joann Cunningham appears in court

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CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A sentencing date is expected to be set on March 19 for the mother who admitted to murdering her young son.

JoAnn Cunningham, who pleaded guilty last year to killing her 5-year-old son AJ Freund, appeared in McHenry County Court Thursday. It was the first time cameras were allowed in the courtroom in her case.

Back in December, Cunningham confessed rather than face trial, where she could have been sentenced to life in prison.

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