PITTSBURGH - A McCandless woman who drowned her two young sons in the family’s bathtub in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday.
Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning sentenced Laurel Schlemmer, 44, to 30-80 years in prison.
In March, Manning found Schlemmer guilty of third-degree murder, but mentally ill.
Schlemmer drowned her sons Daniel, 6, and Luke, 3, in a bathtub at their McCandless home. She told police she thought her boys would be better off in heaven.
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During sentencing Wednesday, Schlemmer told the judge she fully accepts responsibility for what she had done.
"I wish with all my heart I could undo all the harm to have my precious boys back," she said.
Her family did not speak on her behalf or offer any statements.
Instead, two of her friends portrayed Schlemmer as a caring wife and mother.
During the trial, it was revealed she had tried to kill her two sons a year earlier by running them over with her van.
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