Mom convicted of withholding son’s medicine changes plea to guilty

SALEM, MA (WHDH) — A Salem mother convicted of withholding potentially life-saving medications from her cancer-stricken son  was back in court for a change of plea hearing Wednesday.

Kristen LaBrie, who spent five years behind bars after being convicted in 2011 of attempted murder, assault and battery and reckless child endangerment, was granted a new trial by the state’s highest court in March, which ruled her defense attorney was ineffective.

The Supreme Judicial Court granted the new trial on the attempted murder charge, threw out the assault and battery charge, and upheld the reckless endangerment charge.

She was released from prison after the ruling.

Labrie changed her plea Wednesday to guilty to attempted murder. A judge ruled her five years already spent in prison was an adequate sentence.

She remains on probation. She did not comment.

Her son, Jeremy Fraser, was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at age 7 and died at age 9 in 2009.

Labrie’s new defense attorney said she wanted to plead guilty sooner.

The District Attorney said justice was served when Labrie admitted her guilt.


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