TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A mother diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic was sentenced to the maximum 50 years to life in prison Wednesday for drowning her 4-year-old son in a bathtub last year and attempting to kill her other son.
Christine Wilhelm, 39, was convicted of murder last month in the drowning death of young Luke. She was also found guilty of attempted murder for trying to drown Peter, then 5, who escaped her grasp.
"It was not a merciful killing," the boys' father, Kenneth Wilhelm, said as he cried in court Wednesday. "It was more a form of brutal torture."
As Christine Wilhelm was led from the courtroom after the sentencing, she shouted: "You're all liars."