NORTH HERO, Vermont - A Vermont judge has sentenced a Montreal woman to 15 years in prison for drowning her young son three years ago.

Judge Michael Kupersmith issued the sentence to 51-year-old Louise Desnoyers on Wednesday in Grand Isle County after hearing her apology to family, friends and the court.

Desnoyers pleaded no contest this year in the death of Nicholas Desnoyers-Langlois. She had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The judge says he determined that Desnoyers knew what she was doing when she drowned the 8-year-old boy in August 2006.

She told authorities she held her son under water so he wouldn't have to suffer through her impending breakup with his father.

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