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September 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Mother Gets Maximum Term

A mother diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic was sentenced in Troy to 50 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old son in a bathtub last year and trying to kill her other son.

Christine Wilhelm, 39, was convicted of murder last month in the drowning death of her son Luke. She was also found guilty of attempted murder for trying to drown Peter, then 5, who escaped her grasp.

Prosecutors said Wilhelm masked a hideous crime behind her mental illness, while the defense countered that Luke's drowning at their Hoosick Falls home was a tragedy caused by her psychotic delusions.

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