Court Watch - POSTED: 2009/07/02 17:16
A Vermont judge has sentenced a Montreal woman to 15 years in prison for drowning her young son three years ago.
Judge Michael Kupersmith issued the sentence to 51-year-old Louise Desnoyers (day-noy-AY') on Wednesday in Grand Isle County after hearing her apology to family, friends and the court.
Desnoyers pleaded no contest this year in the death of Nicholas Desnoyers-Langlois. She had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The judge says he determined that Desnoyers knew what she was doing when she drowned the 8-year-old boy in August 2006.
She told authorities she held her son under water so he wouldn't have to suffer through her impending breakup with his father.