Kristen Labrie Autistic Prison Chemotherapy
January 6, 2012 by staff
Kristen Labrie Autistic Prison Chemotherapy, Kristen LaBrie, the Salem, Mass., mom found guilty of attempted murder for withholding chemotherapy medications from her autistic son, was sentenced to eight-to-10 years in prison today.
Prosecutors in the case argued that LaBrie committed murder by withholding potentially lifesaving medications for her 9-year-old son, Jeremy Fraser. The defense admitted that LaBrie knowingly withheld her son’s medications, but said she did so only because of their painful side effects.
“I am remorseful for my actions. I wish I could have done things differently,” LaBrie said, while sobbbing, the Associated press reported. “I certainly miss my son every day. I’m really sorry for all of this.”
Prosecutors asked for a harsher jail term of 16 years. LaBrie’s lawyer hoped for a one-year sentence.
Superior court Judge Richard Welch expressed sympathy for the “tremendous pressures” LaBrie faced raising a disabled child as a single mom, but said withholding the boy’s treatment was “an extended, secretive and calculated act that chills the soul,” the Associated Press reported.
During opening statements last week, Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall alleged that LaBrie, 37, knew how important it was for her son to take the prescribed medications.
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