Veronica Taft Gets Maximum Sentencing for the Murder of Her Two Year Old Son
2/26/2013 (Updated 7:08:49 PM)(Source: Kate Thornton)
The mother who killed her two-year old son received the maximum sentence Tuesday in Binghamton.
This, after the judge in the case called the injuries sustained by the victim, "incomprehensible."
Veronica Taft will be facing 25 years to life in behind bars for Murder in the Second Degree of her two year old son, Lyric. She was also sentenced to a concurrent determinate term of 25 years and five years post-release supervision in connection with her conviction for Manslaughter in the First Degree and concurrent one year sentences for her conviction for three counts of Endagering the Welfare of a Child.
Those most fond of the little boy said justice was served inside the Broome County Courthouse Tuesday.
"Lyric won't be back in 25 years, and that's pretty sad," said family friend Bruce Bigelow
A sense of closure, relief and sadness could be felt outside the courthouse following Taft's sentencing.
Veronica Taft was found guilty of beating her son to death back in December of 2010.
Before the sentencing Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Peter DeLucia told the Broome County Judge Joseph Cawley that in the two and a half years Lyric had been on Earth, he suffered more than DeLucia or Judge Cawley would see in their lifetimes.
"When someone is vulnerable, such as Lyric was, that's one of the reasons that we all obviously felt so strongly that he wasn't in a position to defend himself and the person who was there to protect him wasn't defending him in a practical manner," said DeLucia.
"He would come to my son's house with bruises. (Veronica) would always explain the ways that a two year old falls down. The boy suffered a terrible life those two and a half years," said Bigelow.
Taft's attorney continued to argue that there was no official proof of abuse.
Taft maintained her innocence in a tear filled statement, saying "I wouldn't of never done such a thing... I will try to get home to my children."
A family friend of Veronica Taft's who declined to comment on camera, said Taft has been wronged. She said she wishes the true person who committed this crime will be brought to justice.
Taft will exercise her rights and file and appeal.
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