The woman who plead guilty in connection with the death of her disabled sone was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday morning. YNN's Megan Cruz has the latest from court.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tracey Zetzsche will spend 20 years behind bars for the death of her son Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche. The 22-year-old was found dead in their Westerlo home last year.
Zetzsche spoke before she was sentenced, and was crying uncontrollably during most of it. She called herself a mother who loved her child tremendously, and said she was his biggest fan and her greatest love.
Zetzsche acknowledged raising him was difficult. Gabriel was born six weeks premature, and he suffered from cerebral palsy, behavioral and learning problems, and seizures throughout his life. However, she still considered him "a gift from God."
Judge Stephen Herrick acknowledged that all accounts from other people said she was a great mother. Psychologists have examined her, supporting her claim that she cannot remember what happened the day her son was killed.
"Just picture him spinning around and dancing, that was my Gabe. I love him and miss him so much and I apologize Gabe, I failed you, I'm so sorry," said Zetzsche.
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Albany County Judge Stephen Herrick added, "You were a good mother to him in almost every respect, but something happened that caused you to go off."
Gabriel's body was found in their Westerlo home in July 2012. According to police, Zetzsche stabbed her son repeatedly with knives, and also hit him with a hammer.
She was originally charged with second-degree murder, but the court let her plead down to manslaughter.