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`Prom mom’ sentenced to 15 years in prison

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The woman who gave birth at her high school prom, then killed her newborn and returned to the dance floor, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

Under a plea agreement, Melissa Drexler, 20, could be released in slightly less than three years. Drexler had pleaded guilty in August to aggravated manslaughter.Drexler was tearful during the sentencing and uttered only a one-sentence statement when asked to speak. "I'm truly sorry," she said.

Superior Court Judge John Ricciardi termed Drexler's actions "explainable but not excusable."