For Immediate Release - April 15, 2011

Labrie Sentenced To State Prison

Lawrence Superior Court Judge Richard Welch, III, this morning sentenced Kristen LaBrie to 8-10 years in state prison for attempted murder. He placed her on probation for five years upon her release on the remaining charges, with the condition that she successfully complete an anger management program.

A Lawrence Superior Court jury earlier this week had found LaBrie, 38, of Salem, guilty of attempted murder, permitting serious bodily injury to a disabled person, permitting substantial injury to a child, and reckless endangerment of a child. The jury deliberated for about 6 ½ hours over the course of two days before returning its verdict.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall proved that LaBrie intentionally withheld months of potentially life-saving chemotherapy medication from her son Jeremy with the intent of killing him. The little boy, who suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, would have had an 85 to 90 percent chance of being cured if the medication had been given.

The cancer, which had been in remission returned in the form of leukemia. Jeremy, who was autistic, died in March of 2009 at 9 years-old.

"This was a tragic and difficult case," said Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. "For the Commonwealth this prosecution was always about justice for Jeremy."

MacDougall had recommended a term of 15-17 years in state prison, while Defense Attorney Kevin James asked the court for a one year prison term, with a lengthy probationary term to follow.

Attempted murder carries a potential penalty of 20 years in state prison, permitting serious bodily injury to a disabled person carries up to 10 years in state prison, permitting substantial injury to a child carries up to 5 years in state prison, and reckless endangerment of a child carries 2 ½ years.