GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- The mother who pleaded guilty in April to one felony count of hindering prosecution in connection with the death of her 5-year-old son, was sentenced Tuesday.
Jennie Mattison was sentenced to one to three years in prison Tuesday; she was facing up to four years in prison for lying to police during the investigation into the death of her 5-year-old son, Gary Carpenter.
Mattison spoke during her sentencing saying she has "felt guilt and shame ever since" Gary's death. She stated, "It already feels like I'm serving a life sentence."
"I think every day about Gary. I cry every night because of losing him and I regret not protecting him the way I should have," Mattison continued.
Gary's grandmother, Jesse Carpenter, read a victim impact statement at the sentencing saying Mattison "helped Brandon torture Gary. She will never be forgiven."
"She called Gary her little man, but when it came down to it the only man that mattered to her was Brandon Warrington," Carpenter said. "She is more to blame than anyone."
Police say Mattison's son was the victim of assault at the hands of her former boyfriend, 25-year-old Brandon Warrington, and died from his injuries because she did not seek treatment for him for 12 hours. Warrington was convicted of second-degree murder in the boy's death and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison earlier this month.
Authorities say Mattison changed her story several times, all in an effort to protect Warrington. District Attorney Kate Hogan says she finally came around, and took the stand at her ex-boyfriend's trial to help layout the extensive abuse Gary suffered.
The judge cited Mattison's eventual cooperation with authorities when issuing the sentence.
Officers responded to the couple's Glens Falls home in November 2012 when they found the boy not breathing. He was initially transported to Glens Falls hospital, but was later air-lifted to Albany Medical Center where he later died from traumatic head injuries.
And this isn't the only court case Mattison is involved in. She's also trying to get back custody of her second child, Braxton Warrington. Her attorney says the infant has been in foster care since Mattison was first incarcerated eight months ago. The move comes as Warren County Social Services officials are investigating child abuse or neglect charges against her. Despite that, her attorney says Mattison has a valid claim.
"Everything that has gone on are factors for the court to look at, but it doesn't change the fact that she is the mother of this child and has certain rights as we all do raise our children," said her attorney Jeffrey McMorris.
McMorris says several other family members are also petitioning the court for custody of Braxton.
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