Homicide

DA seeking maximum sentence _ 25 to life _ for mother convicted of poisoning 5-year-old son

  • FILE - In this  Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Lacey Spears listens to opening statements in her murder trial in White Plains, N.Y. Spears convicted of killing her 5-year-old son by feeding him salt through a stomach tube, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Lacey Spears listens to opening statements in her murder trial in White Plains, N.Y. Spears convicted of killing her 5-year-old son by feeding him salt through a stomach tube, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lacey Spears looks towards Judge Robert Neary during her sentencing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y.  Spears, convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool)

    Lacey Spears looks towards Judge Robert Neary during her sentencing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y. Spears, convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lacey Spears looks towards Judge Robert Neary during her sentencing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y.  Spears, convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool)

    Lacey Spears looks towards Judge Robert Neary during her sentencing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y. Spears, convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a woman convicted of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt.

Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Garnett-Paul Spears at a suburban New York hospital.

The 27-year-old Spears was found guilty of force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through the boy's stomach tube.

At Wednesday's sentencing, the maximum that can be imposed is 25 years to life. The minimum is 15 to life.

Defense attorneys said the evidence did not prove murder. They have promised an appeal of the conviction.

Spears did not testify at the trial.