- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2011

LAWRENCE, MASS. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman convicted of attempted murder for withholding cancer medications from her autistic son is scheduled to be sentenced.

Kristen LaBrie faces sentencing Friday in Lawrence Superior Court.

The Salem woman was convicted Tuesday. She faces a maximum of 20 years on the attempted murder charge and 10 years on a charge of assault and battery on a disabled person. She also faces five years on assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury and 2 1/2 years on reckless endangerment of a child.

Authorities say LaBrie stopped filling Jeremy Fraser’s cancer medication prescriptions. The boy died in 2009 at age 9.

Her lawyers say she was simply overwhelmed by caring for her son. She testified that she thought the cancer drugs’ side effects might kill him.

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